Substituting bad habits:
Making REACH work better for health, the environment and competitiveness

16 May 2019
Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the EU, Kortenberglaan 4-10, 1000 Brussels


REACH is the most ambitious chemical regulation in the world, trying to protect citizens from harmful chemical exposure. Although a lot has been done to restrict uses of harmful chemicals by means of substitution, to this day only 1 out of 191 uses of substances of very high concern (SVHC) has been denied authorisation.

This EU Green Week partner event, organised by the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU, the European Environmental Bureau and Fipra, reviews classification, authorisation and restriction of SVHCs under the term of the Juncker Commission. It looks at the numbers, recent case studies and takes a forward looking view towards a European strategy on creating a non-toxic environment. What follows is a set of recommendations for the next Commission.


09.00-09.30    Registration 
Coffee and croissants will be provided

09.30-10.00    Welcome and introductory remarks
Bernhard Berger, Depute Head of Unit, European Commission

09.45-11.15    Setting the scene and panel discussion
Bjorn Hansen, Executive Director, European Chemicals Agency
Hans Meijer, Coordinator Chemicals, Biocides and Asbestos, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the Netherlands
Axel Singhofen, Advisor on Environmental Policy, European Greens
Tatiana Santos, Policy Manager, European Environmental Bureau
Willem Vriesendorp, Spokesperson, Alliance of Alternative Providers, Fipra

Scene-setter and moderator: Ginger Hervey, Journalist, ChemicalWatch

11.15-12.15    Q&A

12.15-12.30    Closing remarks
Michael Flueh, Head of Unit, European Commission 

12.30-13.00    Networking lunch

Kindly note that due to the limited seats available we operate under a first come first served basis. Above program is subject to change and will be updated up to the conference.