2021 GA Meeting May 12th, 14:00-15:30

2020 GA MEETING

 

The 2020 GA meeting which normally takes place in May was postponed to November 4th due to the global pandemic. The November 4th meeting which was virtual saw 20 attendees and lasted an hour as most of the GA mandated task/decisions were addressed by way of votes prior to the meeting. Chaired by Interim Chairman Dr Bernd Friede, the meeting though brief was effective with some key decisions taken as follows:

Some highlights:

  • Executive Committee: A new Executive team was endorsed with the 2nd Vice-Chairman becoming the Chairman and Secretary General maintained to ensure continuity
  • Non-EU letter of Access Fees: Letter of Access fees and administration fees for non-EU REACH-Like regulations per substance, per legal entity for non-MARA members was established
  • Members involvement in Non-EU regulations: MARA members wishing to register substances in non-EU REACH-like regulations will only pay administration fees as they own the data generated by MARA
  • Technical update: Three dossiers updated this year lead to a new classification for manganese based UVCB’s
  • 2020 Workplan and budget were ratified in Q1, 2020 via round robin votes.

Meet the new Secretary General

 

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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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