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Workshop: Nickel Users | How to Address the Next Regulatory Challenges

By 31 July 2013Laws & Regulation, News, USA

NASF and the Nickel Institute regularly receive questions from nickel users on regulatory developments impacting nickel and nickel chemicals.  To assist nickel using companies, the Nickel Institute is planning a workshop on September 11, 2013 from 9 am to 5:30 pm, in Toronto, Canada, to educate players in the nickel value chain in North America.Key nickel users have expressed interest in this type of workshop and the program is being finalized.  If you would like to participate, please block the date and register by clicking on the following link: meeting is free of charge and final details on the event will be made available next week.

The Workshop will be Divided into Four Sessions:

Session One will focus on UN GHS (global harmonized system for classification & labeling of chemicals including ores, metals and alloys) implementation and how the Nickel Institute is assisting its member companies and downstream use sectors to track and manage the implementation in 29 countries globally. A new online database created by the Nickel Institute will be used to illustrate this approach.

Session Two will focus on the importance of nickel to APEC economies and the challenges associated with the recent 2009 EU nickel chemical classifications. This will be illustrated using the outcomes of a recent APEC study on the socio-economic impact of the EU nickel compounds classifications for APEC economies.

Session Three will be focused on regulatory implications of the classification of nickel and nickel containing chemicals in different key regions for the nickel industry from mining to end users and how the Nickel Institute addresses these challenges.

Session Four will be focused on the outcome of the Nickel Institute’s Life Cycle Analysis for nickel and suggested next steps.

Draft Program of the Day:


9:00AM – 9:15AM Welcome and introduction
9:15AM – 9:45AM Status of the GHS implementation
and related NI projects
9:45AM – 10:00AM Presentation of the NI online GHS database
10:00AM – 10:30AM Q&A Session
11:00AM – 11:30AM Socio-economic impact assessment of EU nickel compound classifications on APEC Economies: background and methodology (TBC)
11:30AM – 12:00PM APEC related activities and involvement of the metals industry in the Chemicals Dialogue
12:00PM – 12:15PM Q&A Session


1:00PM – 1:30PM Chemicals management: regulatory developments and metal specific issues
1:30PM – 2:00PM Learning lessons from EU REACH for Chemicals Management systems in other regions
2:00PM – 2:15PM Q&A Session
2:15PM – 2:45PM Overview of the different Chemicals Management regulations in North America
2:45PM – 3:00PM Conclusions and follow-up activities
3:15PM – 4:00PM Outcome of the LCI update
4:00PM – 4:45PM Outcome of the LCA
4:45PM – 5:00PM Q&A Session
5:00PM – 5:30PM Conclusions and closure of the workshop

If you would like to attend the seminar, please block the date and feel free to register by clicking on the following link:

For further questions, please contact France Capon at the Nickel Institute at[email protected].