NEWS AND EVENTS / Seminar in cooperation with Law Offices BNT and Hammarström Puhakka Partners on "Enforcement of REACH and CLP"

Jan 27, 2011

28 January

Seminar in cooperation with Law Offices BNT and Hammarström Puhakka Partners on "Enforcement of REACH and CLP"

The seminar covered the following areas:

I. REACH*: Who’s targeted and in what way?
*Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals

Lecturer: Casper Herler, Hammarström Puhakka Partners, Attorneys Ltd, Finland, Partner

  • Scope of REACH: which activities fall under the new chemicals regulation?
  • Importers and manufacturers: how should I cooperate in Substance Information Exchange Forums (SIEFs) and consortia?
  • Downstream users: in what way do users need to participate in the registration work and can I gain from the chemicals data I possess?
  • Authorization of chemicals under REACH: how is future production and use affected?

*Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures

Lecturer: Renārs Gasūns, bnt Klauberg Krauklis Attorneys-at law, Senior Associate

  • Purpose and scope of the Regulation
  • Overview of the most important novelties, deadlines linked with REACH
  • Interlink between CLP-classification and future candidate list nominations & authorizations

The REACH Regulation entered into force on 1 June 2007, and the CLP Regulation entered into force on 20 January 2009. The new regulatory framework concerns any entity involved in the manufacture or in the supply chain of chemicals or articles containing these substances.

Hammarström Puhakka Partners ranks among the largest Finnish law firms and advises its domestic and international client base on all aspects of their business. HPP is the market-leading Finnish firm in chemicals and environmental law services. HPP constantly advises clients within industry and trade on a broad variety of chemicals related issues such as REACH, CLP, biocides, cosmetics and detergents, pharmaceuticals, waste and recycling as well as permit issues and land use planning relating to chemicals manufacturing. In cross border matters HPP cooperates with other leading regulatory law firms throughout the world.

Dr. Casper Herler is a Partner in and Co-Head of Hammarström Puhakka Partners’ Environment and Property Practice. His environmental work covers the whole range of environmental topics such as advising on the environmental aspects of corporate and financing transactions as well as heading teams advising on environmental and infrastructure projects.  Casper frequently represents his environmental, chemical and mining clients in their dealings with regulators and the Finnish government. Casper is a frequent speaker at seminars on environmental, waste and chemicals issues and also teaches environmental and chemical law at the University of Helsinki. He has also been consulted as an expert by Finnish ministries in legislative projects, for example on the implementation of the Environmental Liability Directive and the revision of the Mining Act. Casper Herler is chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Finland’s chemicals committee.
bnt Law Firms are based in ten Central and East European countries. bnt Klauberg Krauklis (Riga) provides on-the-spot advice to the corporate clients in all core areas of law, including environmental law, and taxation. bnt clients come both from European countries as well as from overseas. bnt “Environmental law” practice group (led by Mirjam Vili- former director of Legal Department of Estonian Ministry of Environment, and Renārs Gasūns) pools our lawyers’ specific skills and practical experience in dealing with daily environmental matters of our clients, such as environmental licensing and legal due diligence regarding environmental matters for industrial property acquisition, impact assessment, manufacturing and trade regimes involving chemicals etc. 

Renārs Gasūns, LLM, is a Senior Associate of bnt Klauberg Krauklis. He gained experience in the European Integration Bureau (governmental body directly responsible to the Prime Minister) being in charge for surveillance of EU environmental law implementation. As the Head of Legal Department within that Bureau was responsible for drafting and implementation of National Programme for Adoption of Acquis and National Phare &Transition Facility Programmes, incl. for environmental projects. Renārs is a former member of various law drafting working groups in EU and environmental law areas established by the Government, as well as of the Council of the Heads of Legal Departments of State Institutions. Within bnt his main practice areas are environmental and food law, as well as pharmaceutical and life science law. Renārs provides lectures at various EU and environmental law seminars for state and private institutions. He also conducts the course on EU law and International Legal Cooperation at the Business School of Administration “Turība”.