2020 GA Meeting May 6th in Kristiansand (KRS), Norway


The 2019 GA meeting which took place on Wednesday 8 May 2019 in Madrid, Spain was a resounding success. Hosted by FerroGlobe, the meeting which lasted 4 hours saw several deliberations related to the consortium governace, dossier updates and classification & labelling. Some key decisions taken by way of vote are as follows:

Some highlights:

  • Executive Committee: A new Chairmanand  a new 2nd Vice Chairman were appointed, meanwhile the 1st Vice Chiarman was maintained to enure continuity 
  • Dossier updates: Reveal changes in classification and labelling if compared to the 2010 submitted dossiers
  • Approval of the 2018 workplan and budget
  • Brexit and data: Mara will continue to support REACH registration inside and outside the EU (UK REACH inclusive) but at a charge yet to be determined 

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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