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February 3, 2011

Ruth Downes, Kevin Goulden, and Tabitha Harrison Join Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.’s Affiliate, The ACTA Group EU, Ltd

The ACTA Group

Each Brings Extensive Experience in International Chemical Regulatory Issues
The Acta Group EU, Ltd (Acta EU) is pleased to announce the addition of Ruth Downes, Kevin Goulden, and Tabitha Harrison to its European Union consulting practice. Their combined extensive knowledge of international chemical and health and safety regulatory programs will supplement the skill sets of other Acta EU professionals.

Ms. Downes specializes in Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) registrations and worldwide notifications, having registered many substances under REACH since 2008. Ms. Downes is experienced with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) submission tools such as REACH-IT and the dossier creation tool IUCLID 5 (International Uniform Chemical Information Database), including its plug-in tools such as the Chemical Safety Report (CSR) tool and the Technical Completeness Check (TCC) tool. Through the Notification of New Substances (NONS) scheme and REACH, Ms. Downes has built strong links with national competent authorities and communicates frequently with ECHA. She has worked as part of many Substance Information Exchange Forums (SIEF) and consortia supporting Lead Registrants in document preparation along with other activities to meet REACH-related registration deadlines. Ms. Downes is a former Regulatory Affairs Associate at Harlan Laboratories Ltd (formerly Safepharm Laboratories) where she provided regulatory advice and produced regulatory dossiers and documents for REACH and worldwide notifications.

Mr. Goulden has worked for many years in the chemical industry in the United Kingdom in quality control and plant supervision before gaining National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) certification and moving into the field of occupational health and safety in 1993, which involved all aspects of safety management from legislation compliance to operational safety. Mr. Goulden is a trained lead auditor for Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 and successfully managed the implementation of a system accredited under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 and ISO 14000. While at Houghton, PLC, Mr. Goulden headed European decision-making groups involved in REACH regulation, Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), and other European regulations. He also served as past Chair, United Kingdom Lubricants Association Metal Working Fluid Product Stewardship Group, which was heavily involved in safety and environmental matters regarding supply and use of chemicals, and worked closely with the Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency on projects related to lubricants and metal working fluids. Additionally, he was the project lead for the production of the Metal Working Fluid Guidance DVD. Mr. Goulden has also been responsible for classification of chemicals and generation of Material Safety Data Sheets and has many years of experience as an appointed Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor. Mr. Goulden is also a member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and has a degree in mathematics and computing.

Ms. Harrison worked as a Senior Chemist for Lubrizol in development, evaluation, and scale-up of chemical processes for new and existing products to establish or improve manufacturing capability for multi-national companies. Ms. Harrison was engaged in day-to-day refinements and tests on processes used for production of lubricants, metalworking fluids, and other engineering formulations. She has extensive experience in highlighting quality control issues using rheology, viscosity, and infrared spectroscopy testing. In addition, she has experience in formulating coating systems for multi-national companies. Ms. Harrison has experience in assisting clients with REACH-related activities, particularly in the areas of physical chemical properties and downstream user communication. Ms. Harrison has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.