Lena Perenius of Cefic discusses global chemicals regulation

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Lena Perenius, executive director at Cefic, discusses the global challenges in chemicals regulation

Lena Perenius, executive director at Cefic, discusses the global challenges in chemicals regulation

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  • 1. Chemicals Regulation – Global Challenges Helsinki Chemicals Forum 2010 Lena Perenius Executive Director
  • 2. Chemical Regulation- Global Challenges
    • The Global Challenge:
    • To ensure that, by the year 2020, chemicals are produced and used in ways that minimize significant adverse impacts on the environment and human health.
      • 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development
      • SAICM is the strategy and process to achieve that goal
  • 3. Opportunities and Challenges
    • To improve global regulatory systems
      • Many regulatory developments around the world
    • To increase Regulatory Convergence
      • facilitating trade and a level playing field
    • To introduce Smart Regulations
      • Delivering desired results in the least burdensome way
      • Allowing industry to innovate and to compete fairly and effectively
  • 4. Trends in Regulatory Developments
    • Implement Global Harmonised System for classification and labelling,
    • Modernise and improve existing chemicals legislation
    • Introduce a regulatory system for chemicals
    • EU: REACH is Europe's contribution to SAICM
      • under implementation – gaining experience
      • review in 2010
  • 5. What’s new in REACH?
      • Burden of proof/responsibility
      • No difference new/existing substances
      • Obligation to work together and share data
      • New obligations on downstream users
  • 6. Is REACH impacting the global regulatory developments?
  • 7. Possible barriers for REACH elements
    • Burden of proof/responsibility
      • Societal values and capacity
    • Convergence new/existing substances
      • Existing approach (if any)
    • Data sharing
      • Confidentiality, workability
    • Authorisation
      • Bureaucracy, cost
    • REACH is comprehensive and ambitious –
    • Is it the “smartest”?
    • Complex and costly with workability issues still to be solved
  • 8. Cooperation contributing to regulatory convergence
    • Making it happen
      • UN, OECD, Governments, Industry
    • Global Chemicals Industry:
    • Responsible Care Global Charter
    • Product Stewardship objective to “ Enhance the management of chemical products worldwide”
    • Global Product Strategy
    • Industry’s contribution to SAICM and convergence
    • Risk characterization and risk management measures for chemicals in commerce until the year 2018
  • 9. ICCA vision Global Product Strategy (GPS)
    • By 2020, through a combination of voluntary and regulatory initiatives, we will have:
    • Established a base-set of hazard and exposure information adequate to conduct safety assessments for chemicals in commerce
    • Provided global capacity to implement best assessment practices and management procedures, especially in developing countries
    • Shared relevant product information with co-producers, governments and the public
    • Worked across the value chain so suppliers and customers can effectively evaluate the risks and enhance their performance
    • Made information on chemicals publicly available (GPS IT-portal via http://www.icca-chem.org/.)
  • 10. Global Product Strategy (GPS) – Industry’s global contribution to SAICM 05/25/10 4 December 2008 Global Product Strategy (GPS) Globally consistent approach that accommodates national, historical, cultural and regulatory differences 
    • Voluntary initiatives
    • Responsible Care
    • ICCA HPV
    • Base Set of Information
    • OECD / SIDS
    • LRI
    • etc.
    • Regulatory initiatives
    • EU REACH
    • US TSCA
    • US ChAMP
    • Canadian CMP
    • Japan CSRs
    • GHS
    • etc.
    • Cooperation
    • UNEP
    • UNIDO
    • OECD
    • NGOs
    • ICCA internal
    • etc..
  • 11.
    • Back-up slides
  • 12. Benefits of GPS implementation
    • Even level playing field of the global conditions of competition (through harmonization of global product safety standards)
    • Improvement of global chemicals management
    • Open access to relevant product safety information for co-producers, governments and the public
    • Joint information base for chemicals supports classification and labeling under GHS
    • Achieving a balance between regulation and voluntary industry commitments. The goal is a single global standard in Product Safety
    • Global harmonization of chemicals management systems will eventually help to reduce trade barriers.
  • 13. Chemical Regulation- Global Challenges
    • Agenda
    • Johannesburg declaration – SAICM
    • Opportunities and Challenges for Regulatory Convergence
    • Trends in Regulation considering the main elements of REACH
    • Regulatory cooperation
      • Governments, OECD, industry
    • Industry’s contribution to SAICM and convergence: GPS