2019 GA meeting May 8 in Madrid


The 2018 GA meeting which took place on Thursday 3 May 2018 in Brugge, Belgium saw an increase in attendance from 2017. Hosted by Prince-Erachem, the meeting which lasted 5 hours saw several deliberations related to the last REACH deadline and its consequences thereafter including the possible re-structuring of the consortium.  Some key decisions taken by way of vote are as follows:

Some highlights:

  • Future structure of Mara: A more streamline structure to be established if the organisation is to continue functioning infinitely or in the event of a complete closure its mandate and members to be incorporated within the Mn trade association –The IMnI. Discussions are still on-going  
  • Collaboration: A clearly defined pathway for collaboration between Mara and the IMnI was established
  • Data-sharing Regulation: Approval of the reimbursement structure (to be executed in phases) in accordance with regulation 2016/9
  • Approval of the 2018 workplan and budget

Meet the new Secretary General



Dr Doreen McGough receives 100% vote to become the new Secretary General of the Manganese REACH Administration (MARA)

On 5 June 2017 the Steering Committee voted unanimously to appoint Dr Doreen McGough as the head of MARA.

The decision was supported by a 100% vote from the Mn Consortium General Assembly.

Dr Doreen McGough comes to us with over 12 years' work experience in the industry, 8 of which have been spent dealing solely with manganese. She became HSE Director of the International Manganese Institute (IMnI) in 2009 and has been responsible for enhancing our understanding of the toxicicological/ecotoxicological profile of many manganese-based substances and the corresponding risks and benefits associated with their use. As the Institute’s chief scientist Dr McGough has published over 10 peer-reviewed articles concerning manganese. Alongside her work at the IMnI she has also been working for MARA on lease as its main scientific advisor.

An Anglo-Cameroonian, Dr McGough holds a BSc in biology, an MSc in environmental pollution control, and a doctorate in environmental toxicology from the University of Nottingham (UK) where she began her career as a lecturer.

The Steering Committee is confident that Doreen is quite simply the best there is when it comes to dealing with the many complex issues surrounding EU regulatory compliance for the Mn industry.



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