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CONFERENCEHazardous chemicals in productsThe need for enhanced EU regulationsTuesday, 29 October 2013 (9 am- 5 pm)Speakers’Biographies

CONFERENCEHazardous chemicals in productsThe need for enhanced EU regulationsTuesday, 29 October 2013 (9 am- 5 pm)Arnold Pindar, ANEC and the UK NationalConsumer FederationHe trained as an analytical chemist and workedfor many years at the Department of Trade &Industry, much of this time dealing withconsumer safety. He joined the BritishStandards Institution in 1996 as Head ofConsumer & Societal Policy (retired 2006).He has represented the UK at European Counciland Commission Working Parties developing safety relatedharmonization Directives, and has been a member of many Britishand European (CEN) Standards Technical Committees. He has alsohad a leading role in consumer activities, related tostandardisation, in Europe and throughout the world.

CONFERENCEHazardous chemicals in productsThe need for enhanced EU regulationsTuesday, 29 October 2013 (9 am- 5 pm)Franz Fiala, ASI Consumer CouncilDr Franz Fiala graduated in chemistry and passeda postgraduate study in toxicology. He is theHead of the department "Consumer Council" atthe Austrian Standards Institute since October1991. The purpose of the institution funded bythe Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, SocialAffairs and Consumer Protection is to representconsumer interests both in standardisation andregulation in the technical field.He is the Chair of the ANEC Environment Working Group and of theANEC Nanotechnology Project Team and had a leading role in thedevelopment of ANEC position papers including those on chemicalsin consumer products for many years.His personal practical experience with standardisation andregulation includes about 80 national, European and internationalcommittees in the fields of product safety, environment, socialresponsibility and services. He represents the European consumersin the chemicals sub group of the Expert Group on Toy Safety.

CONFERENCEHazardous chemicals in productsThe need for enhanced EU regulationsTuesday, 29 October 2013 (9 am- 5 pm)JuliendeCruz,DGEuropean CommissionEnvironment,Julien de Cruz graduated in European law andin Comparative law. He is a lawyer at DGEnvironment of the European Commission inthe Chemicals unit since 2010. He isresponsible there for legal issues on REACHRegistration, the interface between REACHand product legislation and on nanomaterials.He has previously worked in law firms in Brussels representing clientsin the environmental and consumer sector notably on REACH andRoHS.

CONFERENCEHazardous chemicals in productsThe need for enhanced EU regulationsTuesday, 29 October 2013 (9 am- 5 pm)KatarinaPiršelová,European CommissionDGEnvironment,Ms Piršelová has a background in biochemicaltechnology and bioengineering.mainly withrestrictions.She is working as a Policy Officer in Chemicalsunit of DG Environment since 2007. She hasfirst been dealing with the REACH registration,international aspects of chemicals policy andthe Strategic Approach to InternationalChemicals Management (SAICM), currentlyREACH authorisation issues and interlinks withPrior to working in the European Commission she has worked incustoms field, in the area of tariff classification of chemicals,foodstuffs and other goods.

CONFERENCEHazardous chemicals in productsThe need for enhanced EU regulationsTuesday, 29 October 2013 (9 am- 5 pm)Annette Schäfer, DG Health and Consumers,European CommissionDr Annette Schäfer is the Head of Sector FoodContact Material within DG Health andConsumers and has been working for theEuropean Commission since 2002.Since 2006 she is managing legislation anddeveloping new European initiatives in legislationas regards the safety of food contact materials.She coordinates on this subject, relations with Member States,industry, research organisations and EFSA. Since 2011 she is Head ofSector for Food Contact Materials. Before joining the EuropeanCommission, she worked in academics. Dr Schäfer studied Foodchemistry at the University of Stuttgart and holds a PhD inChemistry.

CONFERENCEHazardous chemicals in productsThe need for enhanced EU regulationsTuesday, 29 October 2013 (9 am- 5 nmental Sciences. She worked for theBoard of the Authorization of plantprotection products and biocides for fiveyears. Since 2003 she is Policy Officer at theMinistry of Infrastructure and Environment.She works in the field of drinking water policy for two years and isinvolved with the Drinking Water Directive and policy for materials andproducts in contact with drinking water.She is the focal point of the Dutch delegation in the Joint ManagementCommittee of 5 Member States. France, Germany, the Netherlandsand the United Kingdom Great Britain agreed in 2007 to pursue acommon approach to product assessment with the intention ofachieving the hygienic safety aims of the EAS in their countries.Portugal joined as aspirant member.

CONFERENCEHazardous chemicals in productsThe need for enhanced EU regulationsTuesday, 29 October 2013 (9 am- 5 pm)Christine Däumling, Federal EnvironmentAgency (UBA), GermanyChristine Däumling graduated in Languages,Literature, History of Art, and Biology at theEberhard Karl’s University of Tübingen(Germany) and made her thesis in the field ofimmunology. She holds a diploma in Biology.Since 1993, Ms Däumling is a Senior Scientist at the German FederalEnvironment Agency (UBA). Her key activities and responsibilitiesrelate to toxicology and Environmental Hygiene, in particular IndoorAir Quality.She is Secretary of the Committee for Health-relatedEvaluation of Building Products (AgBB) within UBA. She is also amember of several expert commissions in the area of environmentand health of the German Institute for Building Technology (DIBt),development and implementation of the AgBB-evaluation scheme atnational and international levels. Furthermore, she participated asmember in international panels related to emission control of(building) products and took part in initiatives in fostering aharmonisation process on labelling schemes with four Europeancountries. Christine Däumling has also been working on Europeanharmonisation of emission evaluation within nine European countries.Before joining UBA, she worked as Research Associate at the GermanFederal Health Office (BGA) and as Studio and Production Manager ofseveral films and documentaries. She was also a Research Associateat the Free University of Berlin.

CONFERENCEHazardous chemicals in productsThe need for enhanced EU regulationsTuesday, 29 October 2013 (9 am- 5 pm)Susan Strömbom, Swedish ChemicalsAgency (KemI)Susan Strömbom has a Master of Science inChemical Engineering. She is Coordinator ofa textile group which mainly includes textilecompanies, but also trade associations andresearchers. The objective of the workinggroup is to reduce chemical risks byvoluntaryphasingoutofhazardouschemicals beyond of what the law requires.Ms Strömbom was also part of the project group at KemI, whichproduced the report ‘Hazardous chemicals in textiles – a report of agovernment assignment’. The report suggests how hazardouschemicals in textiles can be regulated at an EU level. Previously, sheworked as a law and standards specialist on food contact materialrequirements at IKEA, ensuring safe use of all products coming intocontact with food.

CONFERENCEHazardous chemicals in productsThe need for enhanced EU regulationsTuesday, 29 October 2013 (9 am- 5 pm)Anna Nylander - Swedish ChemicalsAgency (KemI)Anna Nylander has a Master of Science inEcotoxicology.Shehasrecentlystartedworking with toys in the regulatory process,with standardisation and as a coordinator ofa working group consisting of toy companiesin Sweden.The objective of the working group is to reduce chemical risks byvoluntary phasing out hazardous chemicals beyond of what the lawrequires. Ms Nylander has been at the Swedish Chemicals Agency forseveral years and has had numerous different tasks such asenvironmental risk assessment of pesticides and regulatoryprocedures in different areas. She has been involved in severalgovernment assignments, and in the latest assignment “Hazardouschemicals in textiles” she was the project leader. Anna Nylander hasalso experience from working with environmental issues atStockholm’s biggest hospital.

CONFERENCEHazardous chemicals in productsThe need for enhanced EU regulationsTuesday, 29 October 2013 (9 am- 5 pm)Daniela Schachner, Austrian Agency forHealth and Food Safety LSLDr Daniela Schachner has studied chemistryat the Technical University in Vienna. She isworking at the Austrian Agency for Healthand Food Safety (AGES). There she is Headof the department for Food Analysis at theInstitute for Food Safety in Linz (LSL).AGES is an expert organisation for healthcare, food safety, foodsecurity and consumer protection risks. It is a limited liabilitycompany which his fully-owned by the Republic of Austria.Within the AGES there are 3 Institutes for Food Safety (LSV, LSL,LSI) which are responsible for analysis and assessment of samplesaccording to the Food Safety and Consumer Protection Act (LMSVG).LSL is in charge of different kinds of foods and also toys and somechild care articles.Besides dealing with analysis, Dr Schachner is working as appraiserand expert especially in the field of toys for many years. Sheregularly participates in meetings on toy safety organised from theEuropean Commission and represents Austria in the chemicals subgroup of the Expert Group on Toy Safety. As a member of CEN TC52 WG 5 she is also involved in standardisation proceduresregarding toys.

CONFERENCEHazardous chemicals in productsThe need for enhanced EU regulationsTuesday, 29 October 2013 (9 am- 5 pm)Elisabeth Paludan, Danish EnvironmentalProtection Agency, Chemicals DivisionElisabeth Paludan graduated in pharmacy andpassed a postgraduate study in toxicology. Sheis the head of the team “Consumer Products” atthe Danish EPA, Chemicals Division.The team makes surveys and risk assessmentsof chemicals in consumer products andinformation campaigns for consumers.It is also responsible for the legislation regarding chemicals in toys,cosmetics, electronics and tattoos.

CONFERENCEHazardous chemicals in productsThe need for enhanced EU regulationsTuesday, 29 October 2013 (9 am- 5 pm)EvaBecker,GermanEnvironment Agency (UBA)FederalEva Becker graduated in environmentaltechnology.She works at the German FederalEnvironment Agency (UBA) in section IV2.3 “Chemicals”.The UBA is responsible for the environment under the EU chemicalsregulation REACH and section IV 2.3 is basically concerned with theimplementation of REACH. Eva Becker is especially engaged in theidentification of substances of very high concern and in the provisionsfor articles containing such substances.

CONFERENCEHazardous chemicals in productsThe need for enhanced EU regulationsTuesday, 29 October 2013 (9 am- 5 pm)JohannaWurbs,GermanEnvironment Agency (UBA)FederalDr Johanna Wurbs studied chemistry and wroteher thesis about the evaluation of life cycleassessments.Since 2005 she works at the German FederalEnvironment Agency in the section called“Substance-related Product-Issues”.Her focus is on dangerous substances in electronics and inconstruction products. The working field includes the development oftest standards, the definition of criteria for environmental labels andthe identification of regulatory needs. Dr Wurbs pays special attentionto the interface between product specific regulations for chemicals andthe chemical regulation REACH.

CONFERENCEHazardous chemicals in productsThe need for enhanced EU regulationsTuesday, 29 October 2013 (9 am- 5 pm)Anne-France Rihoux, Belgium PublicService (FPS) Health, Food Chain Safetyand EnvironmentAnne-France Rihoux holds a Master’s degreein History and Archaeology and hascompletedadditionaltraininginenvironmental management.Since 2011, she is the Head of the PolicyDivision of products and chemicals in theBelgian Federal Public Service Health and Environment.Theobjective of the division is to regulate the market of products andchemicals, to reduce their impact on the health and environment. Itmainly uses the legislative tool as a lever for public policy, inconsultation with other government’s partners (federal departmentsand regions, stakeholders and civil society organisations).The division represents Belgium in a major part of the chemical andproducts legislations like REACH, biocides or RoHS for both scientificand policy points of view and sends the representative to themanagement board of ECHA.Ms Rihoux is a Belgian representative in the MSCA directors.This policy division prepares a legislative act that will record thesubstances, mixtures ad articles containing nanomaterials.

CONFERENCEHazardous chemicals in productsThe need for enhanced EU regulationsTuesday, 29 October 2013 (9 am- 5 pm)Kevin Stairs, Greenpeace European UnitKevin Stairs holds a Bachelor of Sciencedegree, and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence(specializing in environmental law). He haspracticed law in the United States, and taughtenvironmental law in Germany.Kevin worked for Greenpeace International asthe Political Advisor on ocean protection andhazardous substances/waste treaties for 20years before taking up his present position atGreenpeace European Unit in Brussels in 2011. He also was a legaland policy advisor to the Organization of African Unity (OAU), and theEconomic Commission for Africa (ECA) on environmental issues wherehe assisted in the drafting of the Bamako Convention for Africa.His work includes the Precautionary Principle, hazard-based phase outprograms for chemicals, ocean disposal bans, hazardous waste tradebans, the Stockholm Convention, SAICM, and REACH.

CONFERENCEHazardous chemicals in productsThe need for enhanced EU regulationsTuesday, 29 October 2013 (9 am- 5 pm)ErikGravenfors,Agency (KemI)SwedishChemicalsErik Gravenfors graduated in chemistry andecotoxicology. Today he is Senior ScientificOfficer at the Swedish Chemicals Agency. TheSwedish Chemicals Agency is a nt and responsible for ensuring thatcompanies and the society at large conductchemicals control in an acceptable manner.The Agency endeavours to limit the health and environmental risksassociated with chemicals by promoting rules and legislation inSweden, in the EU and globally that contribute to achieving theenvironmental quality objective of ‘A Non-Toxic Environment’. Sincelegislation on chemicals is harmonised within the EU, a large part ofthe Agency’s work takes place in the EU framework.He has been Project Leader for several Government assignmentswithin the area of risk reduction of chemicals and has been engaged inseveral working groups and task forces concerning e.g. detergents,construction products and persistent organic pollutants.Mr Gravenfors has also personal experience from product developmentat Scania, a Swedish producer of commercial vehicles.

CONFERENCEHazardous chemicals in productsThe need for enhanced EU regulationsTuesday, 29 October 2013 (9 am- 5 pm)Thomas Zimmerling, Jack WolfskinThomas Zimmerling graduated inPoliticalSciences,CommunicationSciences and Law at University Mainz.He is Senior Manager Communicationand spokesperson at one of Europe’sleading suppliers of outdoor apparel,equipment and footwear, Jack Wolfskin(Idstein, Germany).In his position he is also responsible for CSR communication. The topicof hazardous chemicals in outdoor products came on his agenda whenhe joined Jack Wolfskin in 2011. Thomas Zimmerling represents e(BSI),Fachgruppe Outdoor and in the associations working group onchemicals. In the past he has been active in Public Affairs andstakeholder communication in Germany, Europe and Asia.

CONFERENCEHazardous chemicals in productsThe need for enhanced EU regulationsTuesday, 29 October 2013 (9 am- 5 pm)Stefan Scheuer, ModeratorStefan Scheuer is involved in EU policymaking since 13 years. He is director ofStefanScheuerpublicaffairsandmanagement consultancy specialised inenvironmental and energy policies. Hisclientsincludeabroadrangeofgovernmental, business and civil societyorganisation at EU and national level.Since 2011, he is appointed as SecretaryGeneral of the Coalition for EnergySavings, the unique voice of European business and environmentalassociations, local authorities and trade unions for putting energy andefficiency at the centre of Europe’s energy and economic policy.In 2007 Stefan Scheuer lectured EU environmental policies at theUniversity of California and Edinburgh and carried out research onintegrated water management.From 2000 to 2007 he worked at the European Environmental Bureau,lately as its Policy Director, and was chairman of the ECOS, the EUcitizens’ organisation working on greening technical standardisation.Stefan Scheuer holds an MSc in Hydrology, Albert-Ludwigs Universityin Freiburg, Germany.

Speakers’ Biographies . CONFERENCE Hazardous chemicals in products The need for enhanced EU regulations Tuesday, 29 October 2013 (9 am- 5 pm) Arnold Pindar, ANEC and the UK National Consumer Federation He trained as an analytical chemist and worked for many years at the Department of Trade &