Director, EHS Regulatory, Steptoe & Johnson LLC
BIOGRAPHYDr. Anna Gergely, a European Patent Attorney in a role equivalent to partner, with a PhD in analytical and quantum chemistry, brings to clients a unique combination of deep scientific understanding and cutting-edge regulatory knowledge in environmental legislation, focusing on chemicals, food, food contact materials, consumer products and workers' safety matters. With more than 20 years of experience in law firms in Brussels focusing on EU regulatory law, she provides companies with comprehensive product compliance strategies and creative regulatory solutions in areas related to the REACH Regulation, the Biocidal Product Regulation with specific emphasis on in-situ generated active substances and treated articles, legislation on food and feed, food contact materials, medical devices, toys, and other regulated products. Anna is consistently recognized in the top tier by the legal directory The Legal 500 EMEA for her work in all the areas of her practice, namely chemicals and environment, and food safety: she has the "rare ability to give clients not only legal advice, but also a scientific interpretation of complex REACH matters," and her "excellent scientific background" is a "great asset."
8:35 am - 9:50 am
Recent Developments Under the EU Green Deal and Plastics Strategy – Update on the Impact of the Pandemic
The EU Green Deal is calling for requirements “to ensure that all packaging in the EU market is reusable or recyclable in an economically viable manner by 2030”. This initiative will result in the development of a revised regulatory framework for biodegradable and bio-based plastics which will boost the reuse of materials and restrict as much as feasible the use of single use plastics.
Within this framework the Commission has adopted its European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy in January 2018, providing specific emphasis on single use plastics with the Single Use Plastics (SUP) Directive and facilitating the recycling of plastics and creating reusable secondary raw materials with the introduction of ECHA’s database of Substances of Concern in Products (SCIP).
The presentation will cover the recent developments of the Commission’s proposed strategy in these areas and its impact on the use of non-woven materials. It will examine the definition of “single use plastics” and the scope of the SUP Directive.
Finally, it will examine the challenges faced by industry and the regulators in relation to potential substitution pitfalls and will highlight some lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.