On September 26th 2019 CIRS Group successfully held the 2nd annual EU- Asia Chemical Regulations Conference in Dublin, Ireland. The event was held in Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, and was attended by a diverse audience of more than 30 people from over 10 countries, including Ireland, UK, Belgium, Germany, Slovakia, France, Italy and South Korea. The event was well supported by the Chinese Embassy in Ireland, the IDA Ireland, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), the British Coatings Federation (BCF), and Chemical Watch.
Ms. Cloris Pan of CIRS Group, began the day by introducing Global GHS updates as well as conveying the differences between a number of regions and their GHS requirements. This topic served to highlight how unharmonized the GHS system is region to region. This was followed by Ms. Ellen Daniels of BCF, presenting on Brexit and potential issues caused by the UK leaving the EU. The facts and figures presented gave an overview of commercial concerns and resulted in one of the hot topic discussion points of the day.
In the second session of the day, Mr. Junho Lee of CIRS Group Korea, presented practical guidance on K-REACH now pre-registration is complete. Mr. Lee highlighted the upcoming online system of K-REACH and the envisioned timelines for the future of K-REACH registration procedures. This was followed by Dr. Antonio Conto, M.D. of Chemsafe Srl., who presented on Microplastics and environmental protection. Another hot topic of the day, featured the challenges we face in regulating such an area and how to limit our environmental impact.