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Save the Date: ANSI Conference to Develop Sustainable Approaches to Emerging Chemical Issues


New York, Mar 13, 2007

Global manufacturers are facing mounting pressure from the expansion of domestic and foreign chemical controls and regulations such as REACH, RoHS, WEEE and GHS. According to the United States Mission to the European Union, REACH alone is expected to disrupt tens of billions of dollars in U.S. trade and affect industry sectors from textiles and pharmaceuticals to electronics and automobiles.

Action and Reaction: Developing a sustainable approach to emerging chemical issues will launch a collaborative initiative to address the economic and regulatory impact on U.S. industry. To be hosted by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) on August 9-10, 2007, in Baltimore, MD, the event is open to all stakeholders, including industry, government, the scientific and technical communities, and other affected groups. The conference is a follow-up to a September 2006 event hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Outcomes of the conference are expected to include a conference report outlining problem statements, resources and recommendations for coordinated strategies and action plans, and the identification of existing applicable standards and compliance programs, as well as any areas where improvements may be needed.

"The use of chemicals in manufacturing is ubiquitous. Our cars, electronics and common household products-these all contain chemicals," explained Dr. Nina McClelland, former chair of the American Chemical Society and chair of the conference planning committee. "The scope of these regulations on U.S. industry is huge. Clearly, we must continue to uphold our commitment to health, safety and environmental concerns, but we must be equally committed to mitigating the impact of chemical controls on our businesses that are trying to compete in the global marketplace."

“The increasing array of regulations is creating serious challenges for manufacturers,” agreed Michael Taubitz, global health and safety regulatory liaison for the General Motors Corporation and chair of the ANSI Company Member Forum. “These controls place significant burdens on supply chains, adversely affecting billions of dollars in trade, not to mention innovation and competitiveness. Many ANSI company members have been tracking chemical issues for years. This conference will open the door for even broader engagement so that we can rally to find appropriate solutions.”

Keynotes and presentations from high-level government and industry experts will kickoff the two-day event with a dynamic look at green chemistry, chemical controls and the economic impact of chemical regulations on producers and users in the global marketplace. Two sets of breakout sessions will engage attendees in active discussions on cross-cutting chemical issues such as life cycle and risk assessment, as well as the use of environmental impact tools during product design and development. Participants will also examine the varied and inconsistent implementation of chemical codes, standards and regulations across states and nations and the barriers this poses to global supply chains.

“ANSI has a long history of bringing together a broad and diverse group of stakeholders to address national and global and priorities,” said Frances E. Schrotter, ANSI senior vice president and COO. “The Institute is pleased to lend its expertise and support to address emerging chemical issues.”

Stakeholders are invited to propose additional relevant topics for discussion during the breakout sessions. Suggestions may be directed to pr@ansi.org.

A preliminary program and registration details will be available soon. Please visit the conference event page for further details and sponsorship opportunities.

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