2018 GA meeting: May 3rd in Belgium


The 2017 GA meeting took place on Thursday 4 May 2017 in Karlsruhe, Germany and was a resounding success with attendance reaching 60%, the highest since 2010. Hosted by Cronimet Holding GmbH, the meeting lasted 5 hours and saw several key decisions taken by way of vote.

Some highlights:

  • Change of Governance: Election of Tim Hird (Prince-Erachem) as Chairman; Dr Bernd Friede (Elkem) as First Vice Chair; Arnaud Vigier (Eramet) as Second Vice Chair; and Dr Doreen McGough (MARA) as Secretary General
  • Approval of an established SIEF data-sharing model in accordance with regulation 2016/9
  • Approval of the 2017 workplan and budget
  • Approval of plan to share consortium-owned OECD/GLP studies for K-REACH registration purposes

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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