Sustainable substitution of SVHCs: How to move forward?

Date de l'événement
24 novembre 2017

The FPS Economy and the FPS Health, Food chain safety and Environment are co-organising a conference on the following theme: Sustainable substitution of SVHCs: How to move forward?

The authorisation process under REACH is gaining momentum and already 43 substances have been added to the authorization list. The ultimate goal is to replace these substances of very high concern by suitable alternative substances or technologies.

This conference will inform you about the scientific, financial and collaborative tools that are available at the European, national and regional level. You will also be able to participate in an interactive discussion with the different public actors to identify further needs for companies, especially SMEs, in supporting substitution.


8:30 Registration and coffee
9:00 Opening statement
9:05 “Introduction to authorization & How can/will ECHA support substitution?” (PDF, 1015.69 Ko), ECHA
9:25 “What scientific tools are available to get you started?” (PDF, 1.01 Mo), OECD
9:45 “How does Sweden support substitution of SVHCs?” (PDF, 870.25 Ko), Sweden
10:05 “How can the ChemSec Marketplace for substitution benefit you?” (PDF, 4.38 Mo), ChemSec & Ikea Sweden
10:20 Q&A
10:40 Coffee break
11:00 “What tools does the Flemish government have to support innovation?” (PDF, 1.52 Mo), Regions
11:20 “What tools does the Walloon government have to support innovation?” (PDF, 484.06 Ko), Regions
11:40 “What support does Catalisti provide in Flanders?” (PDF, 1.19 Mo), Catalisti
12:00 Q&A
12:15 Lunch
13:15 Break-out group session 1 

a. Identify and develop alternatives (OECD and ChemSec company) 
How to start? How to make the best use of existing tools? Further needs? (PDF, 153.51 Ko)

b. Collaboration on substitution (ECHA, Sweden) 
Support adequate? Need for sector-wide/regional workshops? Specific needs for SMEs?  (PDF, 100.85 Ko)
14:15 Break-out group session 2 

a. Support (regions and federal level) 
Support and funding schemes adequate? Further needs for SMEs? Which role of the federal level?  (PDF, 122.75 Ko)

b. Manage substitution (ChemSec + company) 
How to communicate changes to supply chain? Marketing substitution?  (PDF, 109.52 Ko)
15:15 Coffee break
15:35 Outcome of the break-out groups
16:35 Concluding remarks – Closing of the conference


The language of the conference is English.

Target audience

The conference is open to anyone interested, and in particular companies affected by REACH authorization, as well as sustainable and green chemistry.

Contact email

For specific questions, contact:


Federal Public Service Economy, SMEs, Self-employed and Energy 
City Atrium C 
Vooruitgangstraat 50 / Rue du Progrès, 50 
1210 Brussels

Dernière mise à jour
15 janvier 2018