Edif ERA EEE Conference 2017: Chemical regulations

Hear the developments and get the insights on chemicals regulations affecting electrical equipment

Now in its 19th year, Edif ERA’s annual Electrical and Electronic Equipment and the Environment Conference continues to lead as  the event for hearing about environmental regulations affecting hardware, electrical and engineering products.

On 1-2 November this year, the conference will bring together a number of prestigious speakers from various organisations including UK Government (Defra), the Institute for European Environmental Policy, the trade association ADS, HP and the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre to name but a few.

As always, chemicals will be a talking point and the latest developments pertaining to RoHS, REACH and other such laws that restrict hazardous substances will be discussed.

We are delighted to have David Probert, Product Environmental Engineer with BAE Systems Surface Ship Combat Systems as an industry speaker on REACH. David is an experienced environmental professional with a varied background who has developed considerable expertise on REACH. He will discuss the law and the implications it poses in relation to materials-related obsolescence – an issue of particular importance for businesses involved in making, selling and maintaining equipment intended for years of service. It is a clear challenge, and David will offer thoughts on how to manage the relevant issues effectively.

Frida Ramström is an Inspector with KEMI, the Swedish Chemicals Agency. KEMI has been active in enforcing various chemicals laws that apply to electrical products (e.g. RoHS, REACH and POPs), making purchases of a cross-section of items and then testing them for the presence of restricted substances. Detected non-compliances are published. Frida  will  discuss  such  market surveillance  activity, reinforcing  the importance to industry of meeting regulatory requirements and having systems in place to demonstrate management practice.

The REACH Centre’s Siobhan Murphy will widen the regulatory focus with a presentation on the EU Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR). Electrical equipment manufacturers, importers and distributors may, at first, wonder about the relevance of this Regulation to them. The “treated article” provisions could well apply though, depending on what materials are used in, or sold with, their products. Biocides crop up in many applications, including in antiseptic paint and in the provision of antibacterial properties to materials such as handles and PPE. A recognised BPR expert who leads on the REACH Centre’s biocides training and consultancy, Siobhan will offer greater clarity and detail specific obligations.

We are also extremely pleased to announce Dr. Craig Kelly of the European regulatory affairs consultancy, TSGE, as a speaker. Dr. Kelly has a rich history with REACH, having previously worked as Product Steward and REACH Manager at INEOS and, before this, in the regulatory group at BASF Biocides. He will give a view on the May 2018 registration deadline and what businesses need to do in the run-up to this to ensure continuity of supply.


David Probert
Product Environmental Engineer, BAE Systems Surface Ship Combat Systems

Frida Ramström
Inspector KEMI, Swedish Chemicals Agency

Siobhan Murphy
Senior Regulatory Scientist, The REACH Centre

Craig Kelly
Senior Consultant, REACH TSGE Consulting

About the conference

Edif ERA’s annual conference is a unique opportunity to be updated on all environmental regulatory matters pertaining to engineering products from consumer through industrial to medical and defense electronics. Our invited speakers represent EU and UK policy makers, advocates, market surveillance bodies, industry leaders and technical experts. The subjects covered include responsible sourcing (conflict minerals and ethical supply chain management), substance restrictions and obsolescence (REACH and RoHS), sustainability issues (ecodesign, energy labelling, circular economy), end-of-life (WEEE and batteries), and similar requirements globally.

The conference takes place on 1-2 November 2017 at the Hilton London Heathrow Hotel (Terminal 4).

To book your place, please visit our conference webpage.

To discover how the Edif Group can assist you further, please contact your local office or email us at info@edifgroup.com

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