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We are very pleased to announce the return of our Global Chemical Regulation Conference, on Thursday, October 5, 2023. However, this year, after the success of our Cosmetics Conference in April, we have decided to move the location from Dublin to London. 

The one-day event will bring together our global experts and speakers from industry to cover a variety of topics. 




8:30 – 9:30


Once delegates have collected their name tags they can help themselves to refreshments and interact with our sponsors and other attendees.

9:30 – 9:40


We will kick off the event at 9:30, covering all the important announcements for the day.

Jack Perry, chairman of the Young Icebreakers – The 48 Group Club and CEO – London Export Corporation.

9:40 – 10:10

Chemicals Policy in the EU – hot topics and trends.

  • Exploring the current developments of the EU’s chemicals legislation;
  • Delving into topics such as classification and labeling, f-gases, detergents, safe and sustainable by design (SSbD), and what else to expect from the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS); and
  • Providing an overview of where the EU is heading with its chemicals policy.

Marko Susnik, senior advisor – Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO).

10:10 – 10:40

Planet, People, and Profit: 3Ps of the Triple Bottom Line and the Ecovadis Sustainable Rating.

  • The significance of social impact, economic performance, and environmental stewardship in the context of sustainability;
  • Integrating sustainability into your business strategy for long-term success; and
  • Understanding the Ecovadis sustainable rating and how it measures sustainability performance across various industries.

Sebastien Chaigneau, EHS director – BMI Group.

10:40 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 11:30

Regulatory Experiences of Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes (SWCNTs).

  • The morphology vs EHS status of SWCNTs – using the example of OCSiAI’s Tuball™ substance;
  • Registration and compliance status;
  • Experiences in exposure assessments; and
  • The outcome of other additional EHS studies executed so far.

Gunther Van Kerckhove, H&S lead manager – OCSiAl Group.

11:30 – 12:00

Latest EU CLP and Global GHS updates.

  • Quick summary of CLP Endpoints – covering endpoints and concentration thresholds, and GHS calculator principle with examples;
  • CLP Delegated Act (EU 2023/707) – summary of changes and applications, and new classification criteria with examples; and
  • Tenth revised edition of UN GHS – major changes compared with the ninth revision.

Michel Hemberg, CEO – Lisam Systems.

12:00 – 12:25

Panel Discussion – How can the chemical industry develop more sustainably?

  • Consumer education and "green" marketing claims;
  • "green" formulas and packaging innovations;
  • ESG compliance; and
  • Renewable energy and carbon footprint.


    • Sebastien Chaigneau, EHS director at BMI;
    • Junho Lee, director of CIRS South Korea;
    • Marko Susnik, senior advisor at the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO); and
    • Greta Waissi, vice president and head of regulatory affairs at NordShield.

12:25 – 13:25


13:25 – 13:55

Global Export and Trade Opportunities for UK Companies.

  • Summary of the work undertaken across the DBT’s global network to assess the potential for chemistry using UK businesses to find new export markets;
  • The current activity in markets such as China and India where Department for International Trade (DIT) teams are working with UK businesses to open new trade opportunities; and
  • Review past and future activities and signpost UK companies to DIT Global Network colleagues overseas. 

Alastair Gardner, trade specialist (chemical) – Department for Business and Trade (DBT), UK.

13:55 – 14:20

An Introduction to K-REACH and K-BPR in South Korea.

  • A brief introduction of the regulations;
  • K-REACH and K-BPR so far; and
  • Case studies sharing CIRS’ experience.

Junho Lee and SeoWon Kim – CIRS Korea.

14:20 – 14:45

Exploring Chemical Management Regulations in China.

  • Introduction to the chemical regulation framework in China;
  • New chemicals MEE Order 12 (China REACH): updates and compliance challenges;
  • Hazardous chemicals: registrations and the new QR code system;
  • Other updates regarding GHS, inventories, and regulations.

Dean Winder, senior regulatory consultant – CIRS Europe.

14:45 – 15:05

Coffee break

15:05 – 15:35

Overview of Challenges Facing UK Chemicals Companies.

  • Introduction to the UK chemical industry and deliver an overview of current challenges;
  • UK exports of chemicals have been maintained in terms of value but what about volume?; and
  • How has the uncertainty surrounding regulatory obligations impacted trade and how does the CIA work with policymakers to create a workable UK regime?

Ian Cranshaw, head of international trade and regions – Chemical Industries Association (CIA).

15:35 – 16:05

How to Prepare for KKDIK (Turkey REACH) Registration Deadline?

  • The KKDIK registration period;
  • SIEF status for KKDIK;
  • Lead registrant and co-registrants for KKDIK joint submission;
  • LoA cost-sharing process for KKDIK;
  • How the lead registrants handle the LoA cost-sharing process; and
  • Overview of the current situation with the approaching the registration deadline.

Elif Koç, managing partner – Chemleg.

16:05 – 16:30

Panel discussion – Supply chain challenges for the global chemical industry.

  • Sourcing ingredients and substituting problematic ingredients;
  • Global compliance strategy; and
  • Maintaining oversight of complete supply chain compliance.


    • Alastair Gardner, trade specialist (chemical) at the Department for Business and Trade, UK;
    • Michel Hemberg, CEO – Lisam Systems;
    • Antonio Conto, founder, Chemsafe; and
    • Ian Cranshaw, head of international trade and regions, Chemical Industries Association (CIA).

16:30 - 17:30

Optional free drinks reception

The event will provide you with plenty of opportunities to ask your questions about the regions and jurisdictions.

It is open to all professionals in the chemicals industry, including manufacturers, distributors, regulatory affairs managers, and especially those looking to move into new markets or trying to understand their obligations in the ever-changing regulatory landscape.


You can find out more about our speakers and panelists on our Speakers and Panelists page.

Marko Susnik, senior advisor – Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO).Sebastien Chaigneau, EHS director – BMI Group.Gunther Van Kerckhove, H&S lead manager – OCSiAl Group.Michel Hemberg, CEO – Lisam Systems.Alastair Gardner, trade specialist (chemical) –Department for Business and Trade (DBT), UK.
Junho Lee, director – CIRS Korea.SeoWon Kim, chief manager – CIRS Korea.Dean Winder, senior regulatory consultant – CIRS Europe.Ian Cranshaw, head of international trade and regions – Chemical Industries Association (CIA).Elif Koç, managing partner – Chemleg.


Emma Chynoweth,   co-founder – Ocki.    


Greta Waissi, vice president and head of regulatory affairs – NordShield.Marko Susnik, senior advisor – Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKO).Sebastien Chaigneau, EHS director – BMI Group.Junho Lee, director – CIRS Korea.
Alastair Gardner, trade specialist (chemical) –Department for Business and Trade (DBT), UK.Antonio Conto, founder, Chemsafe.Ian Cranshaw, head of international trade and regions – Chemical Industries Association (CIA).Michel Hemberg, CEO – Lisam Systems.


As with our previous events, we will be providing opportunities for companies to exhibit their expertise and services with a stand at the entrance to the event. To find out more about the benefits click here. If you'd like to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact

Sponsors and Supporters

You can find out more about our sponsors on our special sponsor page.



Thursday, October 5, 2023.


Renaissance London Heathrow Hotel

Bath Road, Hounslow, London, TW6 2AQ.


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