Event Date/Time: Sep 15, 2009 End Date/Time: Sep 16, 2009
Registration Date: Sep 15, 2009
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What if your product was locked out of a market?

Asia - and indeed every country across the world - is now facing one of the greatest potential challenges to trade in recent times: REACH. REACH (Registration Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals), the controversial new piece of chemical regulation from the European Union affects every company that manufactures and exports products containing chemicals to the European Union.

And now REACH is affecting more markets by influencing legislation in other Western countries, such as the USA. Asian countries are also adopting similar legislation, including Korea.

The requirements of REACH are such that companies wanting to preserve their business in the global economy must work with their customers and suppliers to ensure that chemicals in all products, even finished goods such as clothes and televisions, are safe.

Is the value of your export business to Europe worth the cost of compliance?

With three of the ten largest economies (China, India and Japan) in the world, Asia has become a key player and an engine of growth in the global economy. Asia supplies everything from raw materials to finished goods to the European Union at markedly competitive prices. In fact, the EU is China's largest chemicals trading partner, accounting for 36% of all chemical exports, [China Chamber of Commerce of Metals, Minerals and Chemicals]. It is a similar situation in India, where about 15% of all chemical exports are sent to the EU.

What's at stake for non-European manufacturers?

With the first registration deadline in 2010, there is still much to resolve to ensure the completion of dossiers containing confidential information on product chemistry, quantity and use. For companies outside the EU exporting substances or articles to the EU, the "Only Representative" provides a mechanism for achieving REACH compliance.

Questions over the rules of cost sharing, the appropriate use of Only Representatives and the implications of "no data, no market", are topics for serious discussion. Even once registered a substance can be subject to regulatory review under Evaluation or Restriction, as well as other legislative frameworks.


GHS (Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals) provides for a globally harmonised classification and hazard communication system for chemical substances and mixtures to ensure their safe use, transport and disposal. Countries must create local or national legislation to implement the GHS. In Europe, this will affect many products even before REACH.

GHS legislation has been in force around the world for some years in countries such as New Zealand, Singapore and Korea. The conference will feature presentations from experts of these countries on how GHS implementation is progressing.

Please note that the conference will be conducted in English.

iSmithers & Smithers Rapra

iSmithers and Smithers Rapra have been organising world class technical conferences for the polymer related industries for over 30 years. Having organised five international REACH conferences across the US and Europe, we are well placed to bring the sixth in this successful series to Asia.

Smithers Rapra's REACH Services are led by world expert, Dr Steffen Erler. Dr Erler is known as 'Dr Reach' for his well-read monthly column in ChemicalWatch, the renowned news publication. He has been following REACH for almost a decade, since working with the OECD Existing Chemicals Programme. Dr Erler's practical knowledge of regulation includes work on REACH at the European Commission. He has been involved in drafting and designing parts of the official REACH Implementation Projects, such as European Chemicals Agency guidance.

Conference Location

Shanghai is the largest city in China in terms of population and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, with over 20 million people in its extended metropolitan area. The city is an emerging tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as the Bund and Xintiandi, its modern and ever-expanding Pudong skyline including the Oriental Pearl Tower, and its new reputation as a centre of culture and design. It is often described as a city of stunning contrasts, where visitors can go from sipping a cocktail in a designer bar overlooking the Bund, to eating dumplings at a street stall, or gazing at a 10th-century Buddhist monastery, in the space of a few hours


65 Yanan Road West, Shanghai 200040, People's Republic of China