ACTA News: International Issues

October 29, 2019
Lynn L. Bergeson, "The Growing Influence of Chemical Risk Evaluation on the M&A Market," Financier Worldwide, October 2019.
In 2018, the global M&A market achieved a transaction volume of $4.1 trillion, the third highest year ever for M&A volumes. Divestitures, spin-offs and split-offs are essential to defining corporate identity, a key shareholder imperative. This brisk pace is expected to continue. Whatever the motivation, M&A activity demands razor-sharp due diligence. The premise of this article is that due diligence often underestimates or, worse, ignores the impact implementation of revisions to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the US industrial chemical safety law, has on commercial ... read more >
October 22, 2019
Acta and CRAD Present Compimentary Webinar "Turkey REACH (KKDIK): Achieving Timely Compliance with New Chemicals Requirements"
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST (GMT-5) Register Today Turkey’s Registration (Kaydı), Evaluation (Değerlendirilmesi), Authorization (İzni) and Restriction (Kısıtlanması) of Chemicals (Kimyasalların) (Turkey REACH/KKDIK) regulation was published by Turkey’s Ministry of Environment and Urbanization (MoEU) on June 23, 2017.  The regulation entered into force on December 23, 2017.  Similar to EU REACH, KKDIK is an ambitious law that covers a wide range of issues pertaining to chemical safety.    Entities manufacturing in or importing ... read more >
May 22, 2019
WEBINAR - - Preserving Cosmetics on a Global Scale:  It Is Harder Than You Think
Available On Demand Overview: Cosmetic formulations often contain preservatives to protect the product’s integrity and extend its shelf life.  The regulatory requirements that product manufacturers must adhere to when incorporating preservatives into their products and what claims are permissible on their product labels is far from harmonized globally, and the path is not getting easier.  This webinar will provide an overview of cosmetic ingredient regulations in the U.S., the European Union (EU), Canada, and China, focusing on how preservatives are regulated in cosmetic ... read more >
March 11, 2019
HazMat Management Republishes Acta’s Article “PHMSA Study Will Assess Aligning U.S. and International Regulations for Aerosol Containers”
On March 11, 2019, the HazMat Management magazine republished The Acta Group's (Acta®) article “PHMSA Study Will Assess Aligning U.S. and International Regulations for Aerosol Containers.” HazMat Management magazine has covered Canadian environmental health and safety compliance issues for over 17 years. The full article on the HazMat Management page is now available ... read more >
September 19, 2018
Kathleen M. Roberts Quoted By Bloomberg Environment Regarding Chemical Use Data Shared With EPA
On September 19, 2018, Kathleen M. Roberts, Senior Regulatory Consultant, for The Acta Group (Acta®) affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Bloomberg Environment in the article “U.S. Chemical Makers’ Sharing of Use Data Stirs Debate.” TSCA and REACH also are different laws in different stages of implementation, which explains some of the divergent responses of U.S. and European manufacturers, said Kathleen M. Roberts, a senior regulatory consultant in Bergeson & Campbell, PC’s Washington office. For example, REACH required ... read more >
September 14, 2018
Michael S. Wenk, M.S., Presents “Chemical Regulation in the Middle East” Webinar
On September 12, 2018, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) presented “Chemical Regulation in the Middle East.” This complimentary webinar was developed in conjunction with the recently released book “Chemical Regulation in the Middle East,” written by Michael S. Wenk, M.S., Senior Regulatory Consultant with B&C and Acta. Mr. Wenk presented an overview of chemical substance regulation in the Middle East with a focus on key chemical control programs in Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Oman, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia. Mr. Wenk focused ... read more >
September 4, 2018
Bloomberg Environment Quotes Lynn L. Bergeson In “Preservative Pinch Shows Need for Options, Supply Chain Preparation”
On September 4, 2018, Bloomberg Environment quoted Lynn L. Bergeson, President, The Acta Group (Acta®) regarding a shortage of 1,2-benzisothiazol-3(2H)-one. An ongoing global shortage of a chemical used in inks, disinfectants, cleaning, and many other products shows why manufacturers need backup plans to ensure they can meet their commercial obligations, an attorney told Bloomberg Environment. “This may well be an illustration of the new normal,” Lynn Bergeson, managing partner of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., told Bloomberg Environment by email Aug. 31. The shortage of a ... read more >
August 31, 2018
New Book and Webinar Provide Vital Guidance Regarding “Chemical Regulation in the Middle East”
  Complimentary webinar on September 12, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. (EDT) Register online The Acta Group (Acta®) and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) are pleased to announce the publication of “Chemical Regulation in the Middle East,” written by Michael S. Wenk, M.S. This first of its kind handbook offers an essential guide to the patchwork of chemical regulatory programs and the complex system of permits and licenses that manage chemicals in the countries of the Middle East. It also explores the range of ministry, legislative, and other decrees that ... read more >
August 24, 2018
The Acta Group and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Release New Book Chemical Regulation in the Middle East
The Acta Group (Acta®) and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) are pleased to announce the publication of “Chemical Regulation in the Middle East,” written by Michael S. Wenk, M.S., Senior Regulatory Consultant with Acta and B&C. This first of its kind handbook offers an essential guide to the patchwork of chemical regulatory programs and the complex system of permits and licenses that manage chemicals in the countries of the Middle East. It also explores the range of ministry, legislative, and other decrees that encompass pesticides, occupational safety and ... read more >
June 22, 2018
Brian Xu, M.D., Ph.D., DABT®, Quoted in Nature Article “US–Chinese Trade War Puts Scientists In The Cross Hairs”
On June 22, 2018, Brian Xu, M.D., Ph.D., DABT®, Toxicologist with The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Nature regarding proposed Chinese tariffs on U.S. chemicals and scientific equipment. Brian Xu, a toxicologist for the scientific consulting firm ACTA in Washington DC, which works with businesses in mainland China, agrees that China’s proposal to place tariffs on US chemicals and scientific equipment is unlikely to have a major effect on Chinese research. He notes that scientists there import only a small amount of US-made chemicals, and that infrequently-replaced ... read more >
June 21, 2018
Career Opportunity: Regulatory Assistant - Entry Level
The Acta® Group EU, Ltd (Acta® EU) seeks an entry level Regulatory Affairs professional to join our office in Manchester, United Kingdom.  The ideal candidate will be educated in the biological sciences, chemistry, and/or toxicology fields. Regulatory Assistant -- Entry Level   The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications: Educated to a first degree level in biological sciences, chemistry, toxicology, or other relevant degree Strong project management skills Must possess strong written and verbal communication skills Additional desired ... read more >
March 12, 2018
Zameer Qureshi Presents “The European REACH Regulation – Basic Concepts and Key Issues for NACD Members”
On February 22, 2018, Zameer Qureshi, Legal Consultant to The Acta Group EU, Ltd (Acta EU), presented “The European REACH Regulation – Basic Concepts and Key Issues for NACD Members” at a National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) webinar.  This presentation covered an overview of the European Union’s (EU) chemical management regulation program, Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), including: REACH Definitions REACH Exemptions Obligation to Register and Special ... read more >
January 25, 2018
Christopher R. Bryant Meets with the First and Second Secretaries of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
On January 25, 2018, Christopher R. Bryant, Senior Regulatory Specialist at The Acta Group (Acta®), met with Pan Jianwei and Lu Chao, First and Second Secretaries, respectively, of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China regarding U.S. regulation of solid and hazardous waste.  China is currently revising its “Law on the Prevention and Control of Environmental Pollution by Solid Waste,” so the discussion was informative and timely.  Acta and its affiliate Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) look forward to continuing to track the progression ... read more >
December 29, 2017
Chemicals Northwest Winter Elements Magazine Features Acta as Industry’s “One-Stop Solution” for Global or Local Chemical Regulatory Compliance
The Acta Group (Acta®) was featured in the Winter 2017 Elements Magazine, published quarterly by Chemicals Northwest as a “one-stop solution” for global or local chemical regulatory compliance, especially for companies preparing for the May 13, 2018 Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) deadline. Acta has frequently received recognition from clients and industry globally for our previous and ongoing demonstrations of excellence, most recently receiving the Supply Chains Award at the Chemicals Northwest Awards, hosted at Crowne Plaza ... read more >
December 19, 2017
Michael S. Wenk, M.S., Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Australia, EU, Brazil Making Moves in 2018 on Chemical Regulation”
On December 19, 2017,  Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report included comments by Michael S. Wenk, M.S., Senior Regulatory Consultant with The Acta Group (Acta®), regarding future chemical regulations in Brazil. Big questions remain, among them: Will Brazil recognize industrial chemicals registered through other systems like the Toxic Substances Control Act in the U.S., or REACH in the European Union? Or will companies have to reproduce testing results? Even when the draft eventually emerges from the revision process and those questions are presumably answered, the issue might ... read more >
October 25, 2017
Brian Xu, M.D., PH.D., DABT®, Quoted In Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report Article “Registration Delays Expected as China Launches Pesticide Regime”
On October 25, 2017, Brian Xu, M.D., PH.D., DABT®, toxicologist with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), was quoted by Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report regarding China’s updated pesticide regulations. China's pesticide regulations were updated in the Agriculture Ministry's Order No. 3, which went into effect Aug. 1, but observers said disparities still exist between that directive and the subsequent Proclamation No. 2569, which details the data companies must submit with registration applications. “Many clarifications are needed for ... read more >
September 15, 2017
Michael S. Wenk, M.S., Presents “Chemical Substance Management in Central and South America” at the 17th AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids
On September 11, 2017, Michael S. Wenk, M.S., Senior Regulatory Consultant with The Acta Group (Acta®), presented “Chemical Substance Management in Central and South America: Insights into Sustainability, Regulatory and Management Opportunities” at the 17th AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids in Cancun, Mexico.  In general, Central and South America have no formal chemical inventories in place, no formal pre-notification schemes, and no implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) ... read more >
August 23, 2017
Michael Wenk, M.S., Quoted In Chemical Watch Article “UN's GHS takes effect in Argentina”
On August 23, 2017, Michael Wenk, M.S., Senior Regulatory Consultant at The Acta Group (Acta®), was quoted by Chemical Watch discussing Argentina’s implementation of the UN’s Globally Harmonised System (GHS) for the classification and labelling of chemicals. Michael Wenk, senior regulatory consultant at international compliance specialists Acta, told Chemical Watch: "The uptick in interest in GHS in South America comes after a long period of relative apathy with respect to implementing the programme. Argentina joins Brazil as the two countries which have fully ... read more >
August 3, 2017
Heather F. Collins, M.S., Joins Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and The Acta Group
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®) are pleased to announce that Heather F. Collins, M.S., has joined our firms as a Regulatory Consultant.  Ms. Collins has nearly two decades of experience developing, implementing, and managing environmental, health, and safety (EH&S) compliance for global chemical and chemical product companies.  Her prodigious skills in developing biocide and pesticide registration and compliance strategies, safety data sheet (SDS) authoring, and dangerous goods management, coupled with her keen awareness of the ... read more >
July 12, 2017
Michael S. Wenk, M.S., to Speak at AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids
Michael S. Wenk, M.S., Senior Regulatory Consultant with The Acta Group (Acta®) and Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), has been invited to speak on the current state of play of Central and South American chemical regulations at the 17th AOCS Latin American Congress and Exhibition on Fats, Oils, and Lipids, September 11-14, 2017, in Cancun, Mexico.  Mr. Wenk will present “Chemical Substance Management in Central and South America: Insights into Sustainability, Regulatory, and Management Opportunities” at the plenary session on September 11, 2017.  The AOCS ... read more >
April 4, 2017
The Acta Group Wins “Supply Chains Award” at the 2017 Chemicals Northwest Awards
The Acta Group (Acta®), a global scientific and business consulting firm offering a full range of support services for the process of obtaining approvals to market industrial chemicals, biocides, and chemical products, with offices in Washington, D.C., Beijing, China, and Manchester, UK,  has been named winner of the Chemicals Northwest 2017 “Supply Chains Award.”  Chemicals Northwest Awards are presented in ten categories, all of which recognize excellence in the chemical and chemical service sector in the Northwest of England, the UK’s chemical industry ... read more >
February 28, 2017
Karin Baron Shares Asian Market Regulation Information at Exporting Chemicals and Hazardous Material
On February 23, 2017, Karin Baron, MSPH, Senior Regulatory Consultant with Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and The Acta Group (Acta®), presented “South Korean and China Regulations and Other Asian Market Regulations & Opportunities” at Exporting Chemicals and Hazardous Materials: Major Global Markets Regulatory Compliance. Ms. Baron’s presentation covered chemical control legislation approaches and hazard communications in China, South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines, as well as emerging legislation in Taiwan, Thailand, and ... read more >
January 16, 2017
WEBINAR - - Chemical Substance Regulation in Central and South America:  A Deeper Dive
  REGISTER TODAY Thursday, February 16, 2017, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time The Central and South American chemical regulatory environment continues to be one that is challenging to understand, navigate, and manage from a business perspective.  These challenges most often stem from one of three aspects:  a lack of knowledge concerning the regulatory and governmental authority structure; a challenge in determining which regulations (local, national, and/or trade bloc) apply; and obtaining the applicable regulations, and a translation thereof, in a timely manner.  As ... read more >
January 11, 2017
The Top Chemical Regulatory Stories of 2016
  The attorneys, scientists, policy experts, and regulatory advisors of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®), The Acta Group (Acta®), and B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM) endeavor year-round to keep you informed on key developments as they happen, and prepared for looming changes and deadlines, to help you maintain compliance and competitive advantage as you market your products throughout the world. As the new year begins, we offer you this look back at the top stories of 2016 (as measured by clicks, reads, and shares by readers of our blogs and e-mails), a ... read more >
October 17, 2016
WEBINAR -- Current Opportunities and Challenges with Chemical Substance Regulation in Mexico and Central and South America
  Thursday, November 17, 2016, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time   REGISTER TODAY The Mexican and Central and South American chemical regulatory environment is challenging to understand, with relatively little consistency, even among neighboring countries.  The region is home to two major trading blocs, MERCOSUR (Mercado Común Del Sur) and the Andean Community of Nations (Comunidad Andina). Similar in basic concept to the European Union, these blocs impose overarching regulation and legislation on the individual member countries that often do not exist ... read more >
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