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Vol. 29 No. 3
May-June 2007

Where 2B &Y | Announcements of conferences, symposia, workshops, meetings, and other upcoming activities.

Emerging Chemical Regulatory Environment
World Chemistry Leadership Meeting, IUPAC 2007 General Assembly
10 August 2007, Torino, Italy

The 2007 World Chemistry Leadership Meeting will be held 10 August 2007 as part of the IUPAC General Assembly and 41st World Chemistry Congress in Torino, Italy. This year’s WCLM will focus on the emerging chemical regulatory environment and its effect on the basic chemical sciences, the chemical industry, and society. Increasingly, regulation is being driven by health concerns arising from long-term exposures to low levels of chemicals in the real environment (i.e., where many different factors may be acting simultaneously, and possibly causing effects that might span generations). The regulatory lead that Europe is taking is strongly influencing thinking about chemical use and production throughout the world. The objective of the WCLM is to discuss the contributions IUPAC could make in bringing objective chemical science to help rationalize this new world of regulation.

World Chemistry Leadership Meetings have been held at IUPAC General Assemblies since 2001. Each has been a forum for leaders of national chemical societies and regional chemical federations, senior government officials, and leaders of the chemical industries to discuss topics of importance and international or global impact.

See "The Chemical Industry and Sustainable Development"

IUPAC has an obvious interest in the development of the chemical sciences and the regulatory environment in which they are deployed by industry. The purpose of the 2007 WCLM will be to share views on the health and environment issues facing both science and industry in the context of the European Union’s REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization of CHemicals), UNEP’s SAICM (Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management), and industry responses through the Global Product Strategy and Responsible Care. In particular, developing aligned or joint perspectives on the safety and use of chemicals, including both the intentional and unintentional exposures workers and consumers face, is seen of great importance. Along these lines, IUPAC has previously organized critical reviews of endocrine disrupting chemicals that helped move the science forward significantly and provided new perspectives. It is a goal of this year’s WCLM to identify ideas for IUPAC-sponsored and –supported projects, related to the regulatory environment, that can benefit science and industry.

The WCLM will include talks on the following topics:

  • regulatory trends such as REACH and SAICM
  • industry issues and responses
  • emerging issues­—views from industry and
    academia

The talks will be followed by an open, moderated panel discussion in which all attendees will be encouraged to participate. To date, Rainer Koch (of ICCA and formerly of Bayer, lead industry negotiator for SAICM) has agreed to speak of the changing world of chemicals regulation. Philip G. Lewis, MD, Rohm and Haas Vice President; Director, Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainable Development, will speak on chemical industry response through Responsible Care and Global Product Strategy. John H. Duffus of The Edinburgh (Scotland) Centre for Toxicology has agreed to speak on “The Need for Better Science in Regulatory Toxicology,” and Richard Philips Sr., a toxicologist from ExxonMobil, will speak on emerging health issues arising from factors in the environment. In addition, panelists are being invited from WHO, UNEP, and the medical sciences to help broaden the perspective of the extended discussion.

Organizers of the 2007 WCLM are Leiv Sydnes, past-president of IUPAC; Mark Cesa, chair of the IUPAC Committee on Chemistry and Industry (COCI); and Colin Humphris, titular member of COCI and until recently the executive director of research and science at Cefic (The Chemical Industry Association in Europe).

Registration is required. For further information, please contact the IUPAC Secretariat at <secretariat@iupac.org>.

www.iupac.org/symposia/conferences/ga07

 

* In the printed version of the magazine, the first name and title of Dr. Lewis were incorrect.

 


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