New VECAP code of Best practices launched at the EuMBC Conference 2019

Kevin Bradley presented the new Voluntary Emission Control Action Programme (VECAP) to industry experts during the EuMBC Conference 2019 on the 16 May in Brussels

Thursday, May 23, 2019BSEF, the International Bromine Council, sponsored the European Masterbatchers and Compounders (EuMBC) Conference 2019 . During the conference where high-level speakers gave the latest insights on EU regulatory and industry developments for Masterbatchers & Compounders, Kevin Bradley, Secretary General of BSEF presented the Voluntary Emission Control Action Programme (VECAP).

VECAP, is an innovative and excellence-driven way of doing business, based on ISO 14001 principles. It demonstrates the commitment of the industries involved to act in the interest of society and the environment while enhancing the competitiveness of local industries.


The new VECAP Code of Best Practices includes comprehensive guidance for industry on how to reduce emissions of flame retarding chemical additives. It is based on extensive experience at production and downstream user installations around the globe since 2004.

The 2019 edition of the EuMBC conference also counted with speakers from Aimplas, Baerlocher, BusinessEurope, EBRC Consulting, ECHA and the European Commission.

EuMBC president Marc Cornu introduced the European Masterbatchers and Compounders association and Sebastian Lemp, EuMBC Communications Executive presented the REACH Horizon scanning tool, which alows EuMBC members to keep track of REACH legislation for all their raw materials in a convenient way.

Christian Krassnig, Policy Officer DG GROW presented the on-going work for a REACH restriction of microplastics in the context of the Plastics Strategy.

Daniel Sompolski, Scientific Officer at ECHA gave insights regarding Poison Centres Notifications as of 2020 which was followed by a informative Q&A session.

After lunch Raquel Llorens Chiralt, Expert in the Compounding Department of Aimplas gave an update regarding nanomaterials and the egulatory and technical challenges involved. Raquel’s presentation was followed by Daniel Vetter from EBRC Consulting who gave an update on the proposed TiO2 Classification, exposure assessment and reduction possibilities. Henrik Eriksson, Technical Product Manager at Baerlocher, then presented “a novel stabilization concept for polyolefins”. In the last presentation of the conference, Benedikt Wiedenhofer, Adviser International Relations Department at BusinessEurope gave an overview of possible industry implications of Brexit.

The EuMBC conference 2019 was a full success, participants had the possibility to get key information from regulatory bodies and experts.

About BSEF:

BSEF – the International Bromine Council, is the global representative body for bromine producers and producers of bromine technologies. Originally founded in 1997, BSEF works to foster knowledge on the societal benefits of bromine and its applications. The members of BSEF are Albemarle Corporation, ICL Industrial Products, Lanxess and Tosoh. Further information: Visit to learn more and follow BSEF on Twitter @BromineInfo for the latest news and information.