SOCMA President & CEO Jennifer Abril shared the unique perspective of how global regulations impact the specialty chemical sector in her keynote address on day 2 of the Global Chemical Regulations Conference. More commonly known as GlobalChem, the event attracted more than 300 industry professionals on March 6-8 at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C.
During her presentation, Abril drew from her years of service to the industry at both ACC and SOCMA. Abril reflected on the significant changes in the global chemical landscape, including Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform, REACH, and sustainable supply chains. Given the on-demand nature of specialties, Abril stressed that continued and constructive communication among stakeholders is key.
Abril highlighted key challenges and dynamics of 2019 and beyond and how the industry must establish confidence in its investments to innovate new products with global impact. Here are a few key takeaways from her remarks:
EPA Shares Insight on TSCA Implementation, Backlog of PMNs
Both Dunn and Director Jeff Morris from EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) were among a host of expert speakers during the three-day event. Dunn and Morris provided insight about OCSPP’s plans for addressing and reducing the PMN backlog of more than 500 cases within the next six months as well the agency’s implementation of TSCA. Dunn assured attendees that EPA is going to be clear and use the best available science as it carries out TSCA implementation. Morris noted that it is a priority for his office to meet the 90-day period for evaluation of new PMNs while also working to reduce the backlog this year.
SOCMA Hosts Three Sessions at GlobalChem
Below is a brief synopsis of each of the three sessions presented
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