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Save the Date: Forum to Address Emerging Chemical–Related Regulations on U.S. Manufacturers

New York, Aug 07, 2006

The impact of chemical-related regulations and standards on U.S. manufacturers will be the focus of a September 26-27 forum at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) campus in Gaithersburg, MD. The event will identify ways in which the business, scientific and standards communities can cooperate to better anticipate, prepare for and respond to the increasing number of chemical control regulations imposed on industry.

Jointly hosted by NIST and industry partners, Innovation and Competitiveness: a Strategic Approach to Emerging Chemical Issues, will explore potential early-warning systems and processes that will facilitate effective dialogue about technical health, safety and environmental issues. Presentations and discussions will be lead by experts from industry, government, and the standards community.

“Chemical issues impact the entire product lifecycle – from design through production and use,” explained Nina McClelland, former chairman of the American Chemical Society and a featured speaker at the forum. “But U.S. industry has not been sitting at the same table with global regulators. Our voices have not been heard. We’ve lost control over too many aspects of our product development costs. It’s time to turn this trend around.”

Concurrent breakout sessions will allow participants to explore in detail specific areas of interest such as:

  • the strategic use of voluntary standards by government and industry;
  • methods for early identification of issues;
  • mechanisms for broader stakeholder collaboration;
  • the role of science and research; and
  • lessons learned from past experience.

Additional key points of the event will examine the ways in which regulations and standards are affecting chemicals and their uses and the potential impacts on domestic and international commerce.

“This conference puts U.S. industry on a strategic path,” said McClelland. “We need to share technical and scientific expertise with global regulators and other stakeholders and take a more active role in the shaping of laws that impact our businesses.”

Participation is open to all stakeholders—including chemical manufacturers, users, and consumers in major manufacturing sectors; standards developers; environmental health and safety organizations, state and federal government officials, trade associations and the scientific community.

Along with NIST, the event is co-sponsored by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and its Company Member Forum, the American Chemical Society, ASTM International, the Automotive Industry Action Group, and NSF International

The forum will be held September 26-27, 2006, on the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, MD. A preliminary agenda for the event is now available. To register, click here.

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