International Issues

Lisa R. Burchi and Lynn L. Bergeson, "Pesticide Data Compensation in the EU and Canada," Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report, November 5, 2012.
The European Union in recent years has promulgated new regulations to set forth the procedures by which pesticides (called biocides and plant protectants in the EU) are registered and how companies can address issues related to the citation and compensation of data submitted that support those pesticide registrations. Canada also recently issued regulations setting forth new requirements on how data used to support a pesticide registration are protected. This article provides a broad overview of these regulations, the new procedures by which biocides and plant protectants will be registered in the EU, and the new ways that data citation and compensation will be addressed in the EU and Canada.
Lynn L. Bergeson, "Comment on Regulating Industrial Chemicals: Lessons for U.S. Lawmakers From the European Union's REACH Program," Environmental Law Reporter, November 2012.

It is entirely appropriate to consider how REACH may influence reconsideration of the U.S. chemical regulatory environment, and the report provides some critical insights. But REACH is not the only consideration — Canada’s Chemical Management Plan should be considered as well. Further, REACH should be considered from a practitioner’s, not an academic’s, perspective to learn lessons relevant to U.S. chemicals management 

Lynn L. Bergeson, "TSCA Reform:  Business Strategies in Times of Political Gridlock," CHEManager Europe, March 2012.

Most would agree that legislative reform of the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is long overdue. Few agree on what to change and how best to proceed. If you throw in the 2012 presidential election, you have gridlock. Commerce marches on, however, and with the Environmental Protection Agency reinventing TSCA implementation in innovative and effective ways, Reach setting the new global tone, and California creating a new template for sustainable consumer products, TSCA reform is at risk of becoming a distracting afterthought. Stakeholders must develop new strategies to survive and flourish in these fast-changing times.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "ECHA Adds 20 SVHCs to Candidate List," Pollution Engineering, .

On December 19, 2011, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that it added 20 substances of very high concern (SVHC) to the Candidate List, which now includes 73 substances.

Lynn L. Bergeson, "Nanomaterials discussed at 23rd September REACH Conference on in Brussels," Nanotechnologies Industries Association, November 4, 2011.

In addition to the definition of nanomaterials, at the REACH Conference on the 23rd September 2011 held in Brussels, the participants discussed the implications of REACH as concerns nanomaterials.

Lisa R. Burchi, Lisa M. Campbell, Leslie S. MacDougall, and Lynn L. Bergeson, co-authors, "Data Citation and Compensation: How REACH Compares With the FIFRA Scheme," BNA Daily Environment Report, June 1, 2011.

The European Union's REACH regulation is a complex chemical management regulation intended to replace approximately 40 previously existing legal instruments with a single EU regulatory scheme for all chemical substances (both new and existing substances). It also creates a data compensation scheme for entities that must rely upon studies another entity generated to complete their registration for a particular chemical substance. This article provides background on REACH registration, data compensation and sharing procedures, and compares REACH's data compensation principles with how similar issues are addressed in the context of FIFRA data compensation arbitrations.

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., "South Korea Chemicals Program Targets Nanomaterials," Nanotechnology Industries Association Newsletter, February 4, 2011.

The United Nations' Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) urges each nation to make efforts to reduce hazards associated with the use of chemicals. In response to this request, South Korea recently has taken steps to implement a process for the management of chemicals with the objective of minimizing the harmful effects that substances have on human health and the environment.

Lynn L. Bergeson and Leslie Scott MacDougall, co-authors, "Turkey Enacts REACH-Like Chemical Program," Chemical Regulation Reporter, January 18, 2010.

In December 2008, Turkey enacted the Inventory and Control of Chemicals Regulation, a scaled-down version of the European Union’s REACH regulation to establish an inventory of chemicals produced and imported into Turkey and to better control potential risks posed by those chemical substances. Adoption of the regulation is one of many steps Turkey is required to take to secure membership in the European Union. The authors of this article advise chemical manufacturers and importers to obtain as much information as possible on the regulation and its implementation and to stay abreast of forthcoming clarifications.

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