NACD stakeholder workshop

27 June 2017

Over recent years, there have been a number of developments relevant to the implementation of the EU nickel restriction in articles “intended to come into prolonged and direct contact with the skin”. These developments include revision of the EN 1811 standard on nickel release testing, 2014 ECHA guidance on how to interpret the concept of “prolonged skin contact”, the new draft ECHA Guidelines from January 2017 including a list of articles to be considered within the scope of the restriction as well as a 2016 Survey by the Danish EPA investigating the causes of nickel allergy.

In light of these developments and the potential implications for the articles covered (e.g. market access, compliance), the sectors affected and enforcement, the Nickel Institute and its science branch (NiPERA Inc.) organized a stakeholders’ workshop to discuss: achievements and challenges ahead in the implementation of the EU nickel restriction, the issue of defining “articles intended to come into direct and prolonged contact with the skin”, associated ongoing EU activities, and the results of NiPERA's new scientific study relevant to the EU nickel restriction.

This event was a follow up to the workshop organized by the Nickel Institute in 2015 on this topic. It provided a timely update and opportunity for interested parties to share their views and experiences as well as their concerns and expectations vis-à-vis the implementation of the nickel restriction, ongoing EU activities, and potential implications.

 

Program and Presentations:

1. Welcome and introduction, by Mr. D. Butler, Nickel Institute
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2. Properties and uses of nickel: an overview, by Mr. T. Newson, Consultant to Nickel Institute
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3. EU nickel restriction: background and ECHA activities, by Ms. K. Sihvonen, European Chemicals Agency
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4. EU Rapex system and notifications: an overview and update, by Mr. A. Berends, European Commission
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5. Nickel dermatitis and NiPERA scientific research on "prolonged contact", by Dr. K. Heim, NiPERA
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6. Market perspective, by Mr. H. Fehrholz, European Association for the Taps and Valves industry (CEIR)
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7. Dermatology perspective, by Dr. Prof. J.P. Thyssen, Gentofte University Hospital, Denmark
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8. Survey of nickel metal - investigation of causes of nickel allergy, by Dr. M. G. Ahlström, Gentofte University Hospital, Allergy Research Center, Denmark
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9. Implementation and enforcement: Mr. D. J. Schakel, Consumer Product Safety Authority, The Netherlands
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10. The perspective of standardisation and testing experts, by Mr. D. Manchanda, Birmingham Assay Office
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