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Action and Reaction Conference Outcomes Announced

New York, Sep 07, 2007

On August 9-10, 2007, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) convened a two-day conference in Baltimore, Maryland, entitled Action and Reaction: Developing a sustainable approach to emerging chemical issues. The event brought together nearly 120 representatives from the public and private sectors to address the rising tide of chemical controls and regulations on U.S. industry while balancing activities that promote health, safety, and quality of life.

Conference participants called for improved cross-industry communication, enhanced private and public-sector collaboration, and the development of proactive approaches to addressing immediate (e.g., REACH implementation) and long term concerns (e.g., future product life cycle and supply chain restrictions).

In response to this call for action, ANSI and the conference planning committee have developed an executive summary that outlines immediate and long-term deliverables.

The first of these is the formation of the Manufacturers Network on Chemical Regulation announced earlier this week. Responding to business concerns about the impact of REACH and other foreign chemical controls, ANSI and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) have established this new initiative to assist companies with compliance and encourage more cooperation within U.S. industry.

The Manufacturers Network will convene its first meeting to address REACH implementation on October 17 during the ANSI-hosted World Standards Week 2007 activities in Washington, DC. For more information or to register for the meeting, visit the event webpage.

Other immediate deliverables outlined by the committee include:

  • Create an “action group” in which all stakeholders can come together to address regulation-specific tactics and begin to define long-term sustainable approaches
  • Develop common documents and processes for manufacturers and their supply chain partners to verify compliance with REACH pre-registration
  • Identify existing and needed standards and compliance programs, best practices, training, resources, etc. that can be used to address chemical controls
  • Develop a safe use communication process for manufactured, finished products

In the long term, the committee identified the following items for action:

  • Identify and act on opportunities for ongoing coordination, harmonization and partnering
  • Build upon existing linkages with bilateral, regional and international standards and compliance organizations to address chemical controls on a global scale
  • Promote migration from “list-based” regulations towards a “risk-based” approach to life cycle assessment
  • Promote the use of voluntary standards and compliance programs as solutions to regulatory controls
  • Develop a materials selection processes that encompasses EHS impacts of finished products
  • Develop a strategy to proactively inject science and technology into policy deliberations at the federal and state regulatory levels, and in bilateral and regional forums, while ensuring a proper balance between business needs and EHS concerns

For more information and to view the executive summary, final breakout session reports, and presentations, and final breakout session reports, visit

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