Avoiding Supply Chain Disruption: An Examination of China EHS Compliance to Downstream User Impact

Robert Kiefer Moderator
Reston, VA 
United States of America
Dr. Renee Liang Presenter
REACH24H Consulting Group China
Hangzhou, Zhejiang 
Dr. John Piper, Ph.D. Co-Presenter
Emerald Performance Materials
Vancouver, WA 
United States of America
Jim Jones Co-Presenter
Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA)
Washington, DC 
United States of America
Matt Lyu Co-Presenter
REACH24H Consulting Group China
Hangzhou, Zhejiang 
Wed, 9/11: 1:30 PM  - 3:00 PM 
Deep Dive Session 
Greater Columbus Convention Center 
Room: A 211, A 212 


Industries in China have been experiencing rounds of rigorous environmental protection inspections in recent years – a virtual "tidal wave" of enforcement. A number of enterprises and chemical plants have been subject to production cuts or even shutdowns due to non-compliance or violations of environmental issues, including manufacturers and suppliers of a number of companies based in North America and Europe. The global supply of products is at stake as well as the safety of the global supply chain. Enterprises traditionally conduct EHS compliance audits of their manufacturing and supplier sites so as to avoid compliance risks and ensure normal production and operation. However, with the frequently updated environmental protection policies and regulations in China, it seems that the traditional audit models do not function well enough for the penalized enterprises.

We examine the major EHS regulatory requirements in China, feature the recommended practices of EHS compliance audit for enterprises to maintain compliance, review challenges presented by supply chain disruptions, and discuss how downstream users in North America could effectively deal with and avoid supply chain disruptions occurring in China (and elsewhere).

Over the course of the session, we will cover:
a) EHS regulatory framework in China and policy priorities
b) Enforcement of local governments in different regions
c) Case study of Benzisothiazolinone (BIT) Supply Disruption
d) How to improve our EHS audit model to prevent future supply chain disruptions

Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:
a) Summarize the EHS regulatory requirements in China and local enforcement priorities
b) Explain how to make improvements to the traditional EHS compliance audit model
c) Examine the critical control points of the supply chain impacting global product stewardship 

Learning/Experience Level



Emerging Chemical Regulatory Issues/Global Regulations