Special Advisor - Chemicals
Geert Dancet is a Special Adviser in the FIPRA Chemicals unit.
Geert has been executive director of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) from 2008 to 2017. Under his leadership the agency has grown from a handful of employees to an agency that has over 500 staff members, successfully managing all regulatory processes of the REACH, CLP, BPR and PIC regulations. He first joined the European Commission in 1986 and worked on competition until he became the Head of the REACH Unit of DG Enterprise in 2014 overseeing the preparations of the future agency. (He also enjoyed a brief academic career at the University of Leuven and was a programme coordinator for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation in Bogota.) After his retirement of the EU institutions, he became the Secretary General of the Helsinki Chemicals Forum which organises international conferences on chemicals legislation.
He speaks many languages and has built up a network of contacts in the chemicals and metals industries worldwide.