In our chemical regulatory sector, conferences might well be one of the best learning resources available. Conferences and seminars will allow you to get insightful details and updates regarding regulations from almost every region of the world presented by peers and experts in the field. In additional to learning, attending a conference gives you that precious time away from the office during which you can take a step back and analyze your activities with peer feedback. You will also get to meet with existing connections and new contacts — who knows, maybe even create lasting friendships.
You’ll return to your office with fresh perspectives, new ideas, and valuable connections. But that doesn’t happen without planning ahead.
- Get all the logistics copied, printed, or stored in your phone. That includes location, dates, times, maybe even the reception theme.You don’t want to miss the notice about that Hawaian-themed networking party taking place on night 2. Depending on the conference, there might be pref-conference seminars or a chance to meet in the morning for a pre-conference run. If so make sure to pack your running gear — these side events are a great way to connect.
- Look at the agenda and highlight which sessions interest you the most. Making the decision under time pressure may cause you to end up dissatisfied. If too many sessions sound interesting, find out more about the speakers. Think about making contact outside of the sessions to extend your reach.
- Share on LinkedIn and Twitter that you’re planning to attend. Ask your contacts if they’re planning to go, and set up a meeting. A conference can be a great time to meet up with someone you know just on social media.
- Look at the exhibitor list, too. Highlight the booths you do not want to miss. At some conferences, there are so many exhibitors that it’s nearly impossible to take enough time with everyone who may have something valuable for you and your team. Mark the ones you don’t want to miss and plan your route through the exhibit hall accordingly.
- While you are there, schedule some one on one time with your existing partners and service providers. This is a great way to catch up and hear what they are up to. It’s more cost-effective, and more environmentally friendly, too, to take advantage of being in the same place at the same time.
- Some exhibitors will be happy to take some time with you to go over their products and services in more detail. That’s certainly true for us at EUPHOR and xTensegrity. If you are especially interested by a company you meet at the conference, make sure to schedule a 15 to 30 minute meeting during the event. It’ll help you make a quick decision whether their offerings are useful to you
- Don’t forget your business cards. However deeply you’re committed to digital media, a business card helps you remember people you meet — and keeps them from forgetting you, too.
- Mingle. Do not stay with the same group all throughout the event. Meeting new people is a core benefit of industry events.
- A lot of specific information is shared during conferences. It’s easy to end the day feeling overwhelmed. One technique is to sum up a session in a sentence as soon as it ends. Just write the most important concept or information you take away from each presentation. At the end of each day, list in 3 to 5 points the most important things you’ve learned — and an action step you can take.
- When you get back to the office, use those notes to jog your memory and write out a summary of what you’ve learned. Identify actionable insights and think about ways to implement the ideas you’ve heard. Consider how your team could use the new information, and what changes might be required to keep up with new details. Now you’re ready to share these key points with colleagues and management.
- Before you wrap up the event, look at all the contacts you made, connect with them on social media, and send personal notes to the ones you most enjoyed connecting with.
As you consider different compliance software options, there are some features that are extremely important. These are the features that you will miss the most if you choose software that doesn’t have it. It’s as though you were buying a boat. A spanking fresh coat of paint and a jauntily carved figurehead might catch your eye, but you’re going to regret buying that boat if it turns out to have neither sails nor a motor.
It makes sense to make a list of the essential features when you’re researching compliance management software. We’ll be sharing our list with you. The first must-have feature is data storage.
Document Storing for Compliance Software
- Safety is the main reason for prioritizing data storage when you make your software purchase decision. “No data, no market” is the motto of Reach 2018, and all chemical regulations compliance centers on data. Losing files is not an option. So having the files in one place is essential. Secure data storage within your compliance software environment means that you will not lose that precious data. That level of confidence is next to impossible as long as your data is in a range of spreadsheets in multiple information silos.
- Sometimes data may be stored in a safe place — but finding it later is a challenge. If files might be on any one of a number of different computers or data repositories, putting your hand on the right file during an audit may be challenging. Having data files stored as part of the compliance workflow makes them easy to retrieve when they’re needed in the future. Make sure, when you’re researching software options, that you get a clear understanding of how data storage and access work. Will it be easy for all collaborators to access the files they need quickly and easily?
- Change is certain. Your software should be designed to help facilitate possible transitions, such as mergers or change of staff. Many of us have been in a situation where some one individual had all the information. Any question that came up could be answered by, “Ask Jean!” — until Jean retired. At that point, finding and organizing stored data became a serious problem. Good data storage solutions help avoid that kind of problem.
Schedule a demo to see how EUPHOR can help with your data storage needs throughout your compliance projects.
EUPHOR is a proud Gigabyte Sponsor of NAEM EHS Sustainability Conference taking place this upcoming March 7 and 8 at The Galleria in Houston, TX.
Are you looking to integrate a new platform for your Global Compliance Program? Make sure to stop by our booth 206 to learn about EUPHOR, a project management and collaboration platform specifically designed for managing and monitoring global chemical regulatory projects.
Visit our Product page to learn more about EUPHOR. To schedule a meeting or demo during the show, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NAEM EHS Sustainability Software Conference is the premier software event designed to meet the needs of corporate EHS and sustainability leaders in terms of IT Infrastructure and Software Solutions. NAEM’s conference is the best opportunity to meet with the leading solution providers in one place and to hear from fellow users who manage these systems on a daily basis.
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EUPHOR, Global Compliance Management Software, is proud to sponsor the upcoming GlobalChem Conference. Our team will be presenting and exhibiting at Booth #11 from February 22 to February 24 in Washington, DC.
Join EUPHOR’s VP of Operations and Product Development, Ankur Saxena, on the first day of conferences Feb. 22 at 1:30 p.m. as he will be conducting a presentation on How to Successfully Address the Impacts of global REACH-like Regulations? Audience will gain a perspective regarding how digital solutions can help with the management and monitoring of global compliance activities.
To set-up a meeting or demo during the show, contact email@example.com.
For the full list of our events, visit http://www.euphoreach.com/euphor-events.
For over 30 years, GlobalChem has been the chemical industry’s premier policy and regulatory conference of its kind. Each year, this annual gathering of industry professionals offers a valuable opportunity to review key developments in the global chemicals management arena while looking ahead to some of the most pressing issues the industry faces. GlobalChem 2017 will include discussions about LCSA Implementation, Risk-Based Chemical Regulation, Sustainability, Chemical Management in the Value Chain, REACH 2018, Canadian Chemical Management Plan (CMP) and much more.
K-REACH is to become almost identical to the EU-REACH as South-Korean Authorities Move Forward with Revision Notices.
The South-Korean Ministry of Environment (MoE) issued a notice on December 28th, 2016 (Notice #2016-869) which, if adopted, would result in drastic revisions of the Act on Registration and Evaluation of Chemical Substances (K-REACH). The key changes to the current version of K-REACH would be the following:
Revocation of the annual reporting obligation
Article 8 states that any person who manufactures, imports or sells a new chemical substance or an existing chemical substance in quantities of at least one metric tonne per year must report their substance’s details (e.g. uses, quantity) each year to the MoE. With the new notice, this obligation will be abolished. According to the MoE, the annual reporting obligation duplicates the Chemicals Control Act (CCA) existing requirement for statistical survey on chemical substances. In its place, the MoE will establish a pre-registration system for companies planning to register phase-in substances. This will also help simplify the process of joint registration of identical substances.
Important Note: The upcoming deadline for annual reporting in June 30th 2017 remains in force.
Introduction of pre-registration mechanisms
The MoE will require the registration of all substances manufactured or imported in quantities over 1 metric tonne per year. Like the EU REACH, registrants will be able to pre-register their use of a substance prior to registering it. The MoE plans on starting the pre-registration period by the end of 2018.
Implementation of a phase-in registration applied to 7000+ substances
The current system for designation of Priority Existing Substances (PECs) in 3 phases will be replaced by a phase-in registration system applied to 7000+ substances of over 1 tonne per year. The list of substances is currently being revised by the MoE.
Important Note: The June 30th 2018 deadline for the registration of the 510 PECs remains in force.
Implementation of new penalties
The new penalties would fall into two groups. On one end, laboratories that intentionally or inadvertently produce inaccurate hazard data will be penalized. On the other end, any manufacturer or importer lacking proper registration will face penalties based on the revenues made in activities that have had an impact on human health and the environment.
Tighter authorization for uses of specific substances
Chemical uses subject to authorization will be published as well as the uses exempt from authorization. Uses of chemicals that do not fall in these two categories will be strictly banned.
Communication on hazardous chemicals is to be strengthened and expanded.
Manufacturers or importers of hazardous chemicals must supply all required information to their downstream users. Required information includes name, hazard, risk, safe use information, content, and registration status.
Product notification obligations on additional substances
Notification of products containing substances classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproductions (CMR) and those classified as persistent, biocumulative and toxic (PBT) will be strictly enforced. This revision aims to provide more information to downstream users and consumers.
Two weeks ago, the MoE confirmed their plans for K-REACH in a notification to the World Trade Organization (WTO). This notification details the time frame of the revisions and suggests that the revised K-REACH should be adopted by June 30th 2017 and come into force a year later, in June 2018.
The MoE also announced tentative registration phase deadlines:
- 2021: Substances manufactured or imported in quantities of 1,000 tonne per year and over;
- 2024: Substances in quantities of 100 tonne per year;
- 2027: Substances in quantities of 10 tonne per year.