UK REACH: What’s New in ’22!

Time & Location

Wednesday: 14.00 to 15.00, Stage 1

Panel Host:

Neil HollisRegulatory Affairs Manager - BASF plc

About this Panel

Running on both days, bringing together a daily balanced panel drawn from government/gov agency , industry, association, NGO & legal sources, the UK REACH panel will seek to address this hugely topical and sensitive issue for attending manufacturers, distributors as well as downstream formulator industries, pharma to automotive and other key chemical-user industry groups.

From policy direction to implementation, each panel session provides an opportunity to hear up to date contrasting perspectives around this key topic, seeking to address ‘real concerns’ from across the industry as well as reflecting day to day sector practicalities. Opening then into an open Q&A , audience participants get the chance to get up to the minute latest feedback from expert industry panellists.

Panellist Host Bio

Neil leads on regulatory affairs for BASF plc and has worked in the chemical industry for over 30 years. He began his career in a laboratory for Allied Colloids in Bradford (UK) and during the following 20 years undertook various technical production roles. Neil further developed his expertise with CIBA Specialty Chemicals and subsequently, BASF.

For more than a decade, Neil has been actively involved in global substance registration and REACH compliance projects including technical dossier compilation, SIEF negotiations, data cost-sharing mechanisms along with consortia representation and site conformity. Currently, he is also coordinating BASF’s preparations and impact analysis with respect to Brexit and REACH across their expansive portfolio.

Guest Panellists:

Nishma Patel

Nishma Patel

Policy Director - Chemical Industries Association (CIA)

Nishma is Policy Director at the Chemical Industries Association . A Regulatory affairs professional with extensive experience in policy developments and interpretation of chemicals supply legislation such as GHS, CLP, transport regulation and REACH.

Mel Biring

Mel Biring

Global Regulatory Strategies & Advocacy Manager – LUBRIZOL

Mel Biring is Global Product Regulatory Advocacy Manager at LUBRIZOL Ltd

Current focus on advocating best practices in adoption of, implementing, and complying with, global emerging industrial chemical regulations:

– EU REACH legislation

– Global REACH-like regulation


– Global New Chemical Notification

Darren Abrahams

Darren Abrahams

Partner at Steptoe and Johnson LLP

Darren enables clients throughout the chemicals and life sciences supply chain to get and keep their products on the European market (in the UK and the EU). He focuses on defence of products through strategic advice, advocacy before institutions and agencies, and litigation before EU and national courts and tribunals. He has a wealth of experience with the regulation of biocidal products, plant protection products (agrochemicals), REACH, classification, labelling and packaging, GM food and feed, cosmetics, and endocrine disruptors. Darren is recognized Europe-wide for his Environment and Agro/Food practice by Chambers Europe, who quotes clients’ praise for his work: “he is very knowledgeable and experienced in his field – a very good communicator who is responsive and strategically savvy” and “when it comes to things like REACH and chemicals law, he is the best”.

Graeme Towell

Graeme Towell

Senior Project Manager - REACH at KnoellConsult Ltd

Graeme spent 25 years in chemicals manufacturing in the fine chemicals and food chemicals sectors and has been involved with the practical implementation of REACH from the start.

Graeme has worked as a regulatory consultant in the area of Industrial Chemicals for over 12 years and has particular experience in consortium management, data sharing. Currently Graeme is working with clients on strategies for the practical compliance with UK REACH.

An organic chemist by training Graeme is part of the knoell-UK team who are based in Cardiff

Ciara Dempsey

Ciara Dempsey

Regulatory Affairs Manager - British Coatings Federation

Ciara is the Regulatory Affairs Manager at the British Coatings Federation. Ciara has a background in chemistry, and has established her regulatory expertise through roles within the printing ink industry and at the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The British Coatings Federation is the UK Trade Association representing the interests of the decorative, industrial and powder coatings, printing inks and wallcovering manufacturers. BCF’s members represent 95% of the UK coatings manufacturing industry.

Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson

EU Exit Team: Chemicals and Pesticides - Defra

Simon Johnson is a career civil servant in Defra. In previous jobs over the last ten years he has been a senior policy adviser working on regional and local food strategies; international trade and the circular economy. All of which involved working closely with counterparts within the EU and at a global level. Since November 2016 Simon has been working in the Chemical, Pesticides and Hazardous Waste Team in which he heads up the Internal and Cross-Whitehall Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Team.