2016 GlobalChem Recap

March 22-24, 2016
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
Washington, DC

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2016 GlobalChemGlobalChem 2016, one of the industry’s leading events focused on the chemical regulations arena, welcomed more than 450 chemical industry professionals to the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, March 22-24. SOCMA and the American Chemistry Council (ACC), co-hosts of the annual event, would like to thank all attendees for another successful year and look forward to the 2017 event, which will be held once again in Washington, DC.

Tuesday, March 22

GlobalChem kicked off with a TSCA workshop moderated by SOCMA Senior Manager Dan Newton. SOCMA's PMNPro® consultant, Jim Downes, gave a section-by-section review of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Attendees also received a wealth of information on the Chemical Data Reporting Rule, an overview of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) processes and engagement opportunities, the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) and OECD's Parallel Process.

Wednesday, March 23

With Congress conferring on House and Senate versions of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform legislation, attendees were particularly interested to hear from Day One's keynote speaker, Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). Jones told attendees he was “excited and hopeful for TSCA reform," which, as it stands now, has struggled to meet the expectations of the American people. "It's a very difficult statute to operate under," Jones said, and there is analysis that supports that. "The only way to meet the expectations of the American people is a reformed TSCA."

Wendy Cleland-Hamnett also shared an update on the 2016 priorities for EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), which is providing technical assistance as Congress confers on the House and Senate versions of the TSCA bill. Her staff is also looking ahead to how a modernized TSCA law would be implemented by EPA.

Other highlights from Day One include a panel discussion on implementation and requirements for a modernized TSCA, in which SOCMA members Beth Bosley of Boron Specialties and Shaun Clancy of Evonik Corporation participated. Michael Heltzer of SOCMA member BASF and Maureen Gorsen of Alston & Bird LLP shared their insight on what TSCA means for the states to kick off the afternoon sessions. Other sessions focused on regulatory developments for nanotechnology, building confidence for regulatory purposes through the Read-Across technique, the new international model for chemical regulation, Globally Harmonized System (GHS) enforcement, and the global evolution of endocrine disruption assessment and regulation.

In the evening, attendees were treated to a reception at the National Postal Museum.

Thursday, March 24

SOCMA President and CEO Lawrence D. Sloan delivered opening remarks on the final day of GlobalChem, sharing his perspectives on TSCA reform and top priorities for the specialty chemical industry.

His remarks teed things up nicely for keynote speaker Dr. Joe Perrone, Chief Scientific Officer for the Center for Accountability in Science, who looked at how the perception of chemicals in our society has changed over the past 50 years.

Following the keynote address, Dr. Tucker Helmes, Managing Director of SOCMA's Association Management Services, moderated a panel about REACh and the pending 2018 deadline. Longtime SOCMA member and chair of SOCMA's International Trade Committee, Jim DeLisi, President of Fanwood Chemical, provided a brief overview of REACh, followed by perspectives on preparing for the next registration deadline in 2018. David Cragin of Merck also highlighted the enormous challenges producers of pharmaceuticals in Europe will face because of impending restrictions on a series of commonly used solvents.

SOCMA Vice President of Government & Public Relations Bill Allmond moderated an afternoon session on TSCA Enforcement. Many attendees were interested to hear EPA’s priorities, as well as thoughts on how a reformed TSCA would impact enforcement. SOCMA was also pleased to have Brian Wilson of SOCMA member company Monument Chemical provide tips on managing an internal TSCA compliance system and being equipped for an EPA inspection.

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