2012 GlobalChem Recap
March 5-7, 2012
Contact: SOCMA Meetings
About 430 stakeholders from across the international chemical community gathered at GlobalChem 2012 in Baltimore, MD, March 5-7 to discuss some of the most pressing chemical policy issues of the day. Policy experts shared their insights on a variety of evolving topics, including:
- The future of chemicals management and TSCA modernization
- EPA efforts to enhance its current chemicals management program
- Substantiation and declassification of confidential business information (CBI)
- REACh 2013 registration preparations
- Implementation of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) in North America
Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in an optional TSCA Fundamentals Workshop on March 5, in addition to the two full days of the conference. SOCMA’s PMNPro and EPA made presentations on TSCA requirements. There were also workshops on the Chemical Data Reporting Rule (CDR) and international fundamentals.
Jim Jones, Acting Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, gave the keynote address to open the conference on March 6. Jones told attendees that more focus is needed on the existing chemicals program at the agency. Another EPA hot topic on opening day was their latest work plan, which prioritizes chemicals for further review.
The second day of the conference featured detailed presentations on REACh and other international chemical control laws. Eva Sandberg, Senior Scientific Officer for International Relations with the European Chemicals Agency, and Darren Abrahams, a partner with Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, discussed registration preparations for REACh 2013 in the third general session. The conference ended on March 7 with a general session on GHS implementation and the revised Hazard Communication Standard final rule.
Breakout sessions covered issues such as Prioritization of Existing Chemicals, Risk Assessment and Regulation, Identifying Greener Chemicals and Products, State Chemical Management Requirements, EPA Hot Topics and Import/Export Requirements, among others.
In addition to the sessions, attendees also enjoyed networking breakfasts and lunches in the expo hall and an evening reception at the B&O Warehouse at Camden Yard. Thanks to Chartis for sponsoring the SOCMA member dinner on May 5 at PAZO’s in Baltimore.
American Chemistry Council (ACC) and SOCMA co-hosted this event.
Many thanks to our conference and workshop sponsors!
Full Conference Sponsors:
- Beveridge & Diamond, PC
- Keller and Heckman, LLP
- Sidley Austin, LLP
- Steptoe & Johnson, LLP
- Chemical Watch
- REACH24H Consulting Group
- Technology Sciences Group, Inc.