After years of debate the REACH legislation comes into force in June 2007. It will replace over 40 national chemical legislations with one harmonized policy. REACH is short for Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals. The policy requires industry to register all existing and new substances with a new European Chemicals Agency, based in Helsinki, Finland.

CASCADE Network of Excellence invites all interested parties to an open session about the new REACH legislation. The session will serve as a platform for open discussions on the implications of the policy from different stakeholder perspectives. Short presentations will be followed by a moderated panel debate. The question we will try to answer is: How will consumers, industry, NGOs, authorities and researchers accommodate their activities to the new reality under REACH?

When: April 18, 2007, from 13.30 to 16.30

Where: Biomedicum, Haartmaninkatu 8, Helsinki, Finland

Welcome – Introduction by moderator Henrik Ekman, science journalist.
Heikki Salonen, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
What is REACH and the new European Chemicals Agency in Helsinki?
Jari Luukkonen, WWF
Environmental NGOs and the REACH.
Göran Wall, Swedish Plastics and Chemicals Federation
How will the chemical industry implement REACH?
Bengt Fjällborg, Akzo Nobel
REACH activities at Akzo Nobel Surfactants – a change of direction?
Annikka Marniemi, Finnish Consumer Association
The consumer perspective on REACH.
Joan-Albert Vericat, Neuropharma & In Vitro Testing Industrial Platform (IVTIP)
In vitro methods for testing of chemicals. Presentation of the view of IVTIP.
Jan-Åke Gustafsson, coordinator CASCADE Network of Excellence
CASCADE integrated test system for chemicals.
Panel discussion, including questions from the auditorium.

Media is invited to the session. Time for face-to-fact interviews with CASCADE coordinator Jan-Åke Gustafsson and other speakers can be arranged.

For more information, please contact:
Cecilia Johansson, Communication Manager CASCADE, Karolinska Institutet,
Tel: +46 8 608 92 37, +46 702 544 657 (mobile)