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Chemicals regulation: from European industry to society

With the upcoming revision of the EU chemicals legislation in sight, BusinessEurope is organising a conference to address some of the main questions regarding the impact on the European industry and beyond. Not only the chemicals industry, but also many downstream sectors like transport, electronics or textiles, which depend on chemical products will be impacted, not to mention workers and consumers. We will discuss how industry can contribute to a legal framework which achieves the objectives of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability without compromising EU competitiveness.

Draft agenda - 9.30-13.30 (Brussels time)

9.30 Welcoming by Laura Shields, moderator

Opening statement by

  • Markus J. Beyrer, Director General, BusinessEurope

Keynote address by

  • Martin Bruderm├╝ller, Chief Executive Officer, BASF
    "Chemistry in the EU economy: relevance and future under new regulations"

followed by short Qs&As


Panel 1: Managing chemicals safely for consumers and workers

In this first panel, we will address the following issues: What will be the impact of a revised EU chemical legislation based on hazard rather than risk management? How will it affect industrial downstream users and workers? How to ensure complementarity between REACH and occupational health and safety legislations?


  • Kristin Schreiber, Director for chemicals, European Commission DG Grow
  • Maike Niggemann, Policy Advider, IndustriAll Europe
  • Karen Alvarenga, Head of regulatory affairs for biodiversity, fragrance & beauty, Givaudan
  • Martin Wieske, Head occupational health and safety, WirtschaftsVereinigung Metalle e.V.

Moderator: Laura Shields - followed by Qs&As

11.05 Coffee break

Panel 2: Making the 'essential use' concept work

In the second panel, we will address the following issues: Can essentiality be defined? What is the consumer's perspective? How to avoid collateral damages on the economy?


  • Patrick Child, Deputy Director-General, European Commission DG Environment
  • Tatiana Santos, Policy Manager, chemicals & nanotechnology, European Environmental Bureau
  • Massimo Scalvenzi, Chief Technology and Innovation Office | REACH Manager, Leonardo
  • Manon Bloemer, Director General, VNCI

Moderator: Laura Shields - followed by Qs&As


Key take-aways and closing remarks

  • Thomas Holtmann, Chair of BusinessEurope Chemicals Task Force
  • Laura Shields, moderator

Networking lunch

Last updated: 29 June 2022