December 6-7, 2018


Prague, Czech Republic


100 Seats


14 Professional Speakers

Prague Chemicals Management Cruise 2018




The 50m-long Bohemia Rhapsody Boat, one of the biggest boats in Central Europe, docked at Dvořák embankment just steps away from Čech Bridge. Boarding starts at 13:30 🙂


Bohemia Rhapsody Boat, Dvořák Embankment, docked next to Čech bridge, Czech Republic

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The neo-renaissance building of Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic built in 19th century will be dedicated to the experience sharing round-tables, the famous ConverStations.


Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Národní 1009/3, Prague, Czech Republic

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Conference Schedule

Jana Trávníčková

Session #1: Notification of SVHCs to ECHA SCIP database: hands-on training

Hands-on training with Jana Trávníčková (Regulatory Geek at ReachSpektrum Ltd.) & Jan Holomek (Managing Director at ReachSpektrum Ltd.)

Jana and Jan will show you step by step how SVHCs in artciles can be notified to ECHA's newly created SCIP database.

If you are buying or selling products containing SVHCs, you're gonna need to deal with this. Starting from January 2021 already.

After going through real-life examples how to notify SVHCs to the SCIP database and collecting your training certificate, you are more than welcome to join the rest of the PCMC2020 participants at a complimentary lunch before jumping to the conference and Regulatory ConverStations.

Tomáš Novotný

Session #2: Notification of chemicals to poison centres and UFIs: hands-on training

Masterclass with Tomáš Novotný (Customer Happiness Manager and Director at EcoMole Ltd.) & Jana Eliášová & Dragana Bašić (Regulatory Queens at EcoMole Ltd.)

Tomáš, Jana and Dragana will walk you through the process of notifying hazardous chemicals to poison centres and show you in real-time how it is done and point out any workability issues you might be facing with PCN notifications. And you will get clear messages on the best practices in managing UFI codes and placing them on labels.

You will get a skill you will use many times in day-to-day practise thanks to new obligations set by CLP Annex VIII being in force from January 2021.

We will be going through practical examples and after getting your training certificate, we can all enjoy a bit of rest at a complimentary lunch before jumping to the PCMC 2020 conference and Regulatory ConverStations.

Session 1: REACH Registration dossier updates

It is estimated that 65 - 75 % of REACH registration dossiers contain data gaps or obsolete data potentially leading to non-compliance. That's why the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is putting the issue of dossier quality and dossier updates at the very top of the list of priorities for upcoming years. ECHA's director, Bjorn Hansen, reported that REACH lacks clear incentives for companies to update registration dossiers, just about a year after ECHA's former director, Geert Dancet, mentioned that the industry is misinterpreting REACH dossier update obligations. That was back in 2017. Now some of the EU member states are calling for REACH dossier update Regulation, forcing the registrants to check and update their registrations on a regular basis.

With the proposed increase of the number of dossier evaluations, the industry needs to be prepared to respond to ECHA’s draft and final decision. In this session, we will share experiences on communication and cooperation in the SIEF and consortia. The role of the registrants in the dossier evaluation process will be highlighted and practical tips will be given how the industry can play its role.

Catherine Cornu

Quality of information from REACH registrations, updates of REACH registration dossiers

Rob van Puijenbroek

Sharing experience from dossier evaluation decisions

Session 2: Enforcement

The enforcement of the REACH and CLP legislation is a national responsibility. Each EEA Member State must ensure that there is an official system of controls and lay down legislation specifying penalties for non-compliance with the provisions of REACH. It is important to know what obligations will be in focus of enforcement in 2019 -2020 in EU country where you or your Only Representative is situated and how to get ready to successfully pass the inspection.
Maria Mija

Enforcement of REACH, CLP and BPR – how to get ready as an importer

Oldřich Jarolím

Enforcement in 2019 – focus on main obligations: (e)SDSs, REACH registrations, SVHCs in articles

Session 3: EU chemicals management – recent developments

Since Regulation (EU) 1907/2006 (aka REACH) has gone into force – approximately 1,250 substances have been added to Annex XVII (Restriction) under 70 entries and 43 substance or substance classes have been added to Annex XIV (Authorization). The evaluation process to restrict or ban these substances was not sudden and took a course of years and multiple rounds of public consultations before the final decisions were made. A business should never be surprised to find their substance on Annex XVII (Restriction) or Annex XIV (Authorization). Also, it should not be a surprise for the polymer producers/ importers to find out that legally certain polymers are now considered as Polymers Requiring Registration ( PRR)... The session will be dedicated to the recent developments and law cases related to REACH and BRP.
Marko Sušnik

Future of REACH authorisation – is it really getting more straightforward?

Karel Bláha

Chemicals vs. waste – potential conflicts in the EU legislation

Tomáš Novotný

Preparing for Brexit on both sides of the (future) border

Aleš Bártl

How recent case-law changed the face of REACH and BPR

Networking Cruise with complimentary buffet dinner

Once the afternoon sessions on various regulatory topics are over, we will set sail on the 74m-long Grand Bohemia boat together, to enjoy magnificent sights of evening Prague and carry on with informal discussions over a delicious buffet dinner. Let’s navigate together towards compliance!

ConverStations: Experience-sharing round tables facilitated by Mia Forbes Pirie

How it woks:

ConverStations is what makes PCMC unique. An interactive format highly appreciated by the participants where you can participate in a round table discussion in a small group of 6-8 experts with various background - from authorities over consultants to industry. During the ConverStations, you will be able to select 3 discussion topics, but of course, at the end, you will get a summary of the key points of all discussion tables.

ConverStation 1: Risk management option analysis - a prelude before the decision on restriction or authorisation/substance disappearing from the supply chain

Chair: Marko Sušnik (WKO)

The REACH-regulation tries to balance different objectives, which are often diametric to one another. When is it more adequate to consider economic impacts than to further improve the safe use of a substance? How can the number of animal tests be reduced? Are there any better regulatory options than REACH? These are some questions that are discussed on a regular base when deciding about the future fate of chemicals and their availability to the market. In this ConverStation we will discuss such aspects and exchange your views about what is working well in the EU’s chemicals policy and what is not.

ConverStation 2: Differences and similarities between European and non-European (China, Korea) chemicals legislation

Chair: Bryan Zhou (CIRS)

We will discuss the comparison between EU REACH, China REACH and Korea REACH. Considering the amended K-REACH has been implemented since Jan 1st 2019 and the new draft of China REACH was released last month for public comments, there are lots of new information and should be interesting to discuss.

ConverStation 3: Novel foods and Pesticides - hot news in the regulatory world

Chair: Aleš Bártl (Jones Day)

Novel Food is defined as food that had not been consumed to a significant degree by humans in the EU before 15 May 1997, when the first Regulation on novel food came into force.
'Novel Food' can be newly developed, innovative food, food produced using new technologies and production processes, as well as food which is or has been traditionally eaten outside of the EU.
The underlying principles underpinning Novel Food in the European Union are that Novel Foods must be:

  • Safe for consumers
  • Properly labelled, so as not to mislead consumers
  • If novel food is intended to replace another food, it must not differ in a way that the consumption of the Novel Food would be nutritionally disadvantageous for the consumer.

ConverStation 4: The other side of enforcement inspection - meet your inspectors

Chair: Oldřich Jarolím (Czech Environmental Inspectorate)

What to expect from the inspection? How to get ready for it? What is the role of the customs in the enforcement? Practical tips from the experts, sharing of experience.

ConverStation 5: How to successfully update your dossier - tips and tricks

Chair: Catherine Cornu (ECHA)

How to update your dossier to be compliant with the latest developments? What are the key points emphasized by ECHA and what to be aware of?

ConverStation 6: Supply chain communication - Critical Sections of the Safety Data Sheet

Chair: Marija Mija (National Environmental Guard, Romania)

One of the core provisions of REACH is to communicate the information on the safe handling of the chemical products and make sure this information is transmitted to the relevant personnel. This is done by means of the Safety Data Sheets, which are the most checked document by enforcement inspections and customs.

ConverStation 7: SVHC in articles (circular economy)

Chair: To be assigned

ECHA will establish a new database on the presence of Candidate List substances, i.e. substances of very high concern in articles. The primary users of the database are the waste treatment operators and consumers. The database will contain information submitted by companies producing, importing or supplying articles that contain Candidate List substances. Companies need to submit this information for articles placed on the market from 5 January 2021.
The task is based on the revised Waste Framework Directive that entered into force in July 2018. It is part of the EU’s waste legislation package, contributing to the EU's circular economy policy. This new task strengthens the need for good supply chain communication as foreseen under REACH, where companies have to communicate in the supply chain and notify ECHA about Candidate List substances in articles.

ConverStation 8: BREXIT and UK legislation

Chair: Tomáš Novotný (EcoMole)

The outcome of BREXIT discussions is still not clear. How will potential scenarios of Brexit affect chemical industry and legislation? What are our options to minimize the costs and efforts linked to this all?

ConverStation 9: Potential registration of polymers

Chair: To be assigned

REACH imposes a level of substance specificity on chemicals not seen in other comparable regulations. When applied to polymers, any assessment under Article 138(2) will require very clear guidance on how a substance is identified. While thermoplastics are the dominant form in terms of volume, thermosetting and other reactive polymers are dominant in number. Accordingly, dealing with the naming of reactive systems will be a key issue, which is likely to require going beyond the existing Cas framework.

ConverStation 10: How to improve REACH for SMEs

Chair: Rob van Puijenbroek

How will the SME-landscape in the chemical sector look like in 2019/2020? This topic is targeted towards small and medium-sized companies providing an overview of the SME definition and its benefits with respect to the REACH regulation.

Among those who will join the discussions are:

... and don't worry, you won't be starving, food and drinks will be served throughout the whole day 🙂

A few words from the participants of PCMC 2017