EPMF News

EPMF Silver Workshop  

27 September 2022

On 13 September, the EPMF organized a workshop with the silver industry to discuss silver metal classification. First part of the conference was focusing on scientific findings on silver. The rest of the day was dedicated to a lively dialog between the different downstream users (jewellery, silversmiths, electronics, biocides, medical devices etc.) sharing their concerns and expectations. The meeting was concluded with key messages and it can be summarized as follows: be prepared and credible!

EPMF General Assembly

10 June 2022

On June 8 – 9 the EPMF held its General Assembly. After a long break it was a meeting in person with the EPMF Members in Antwerp. The usual business as discussions on the EPMF activities and setting priorities followed by a visit of Umicore’s precious metals refinery in Hoboken.
A very big thank you to the Members that joined us and Umicore for organizing the visit!
See you in December 2022!

The European Precious Metals Federation Annual Report 2021

28 March 2022

The very first EPMF Activity Report is now available here. With this report The EPMF presents its activities with regards to chemicals management, sustainability and advocacy performance in 2021.  Enjoy the reading!

EPMF event

7 December 2021

On December 7th the EPMF held an online event “The Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability : how will it shape the future of the precious metals sector in the EU?”, together with the panelists from the European Commission, DG Grow, Kristin Schreiber and Roberto Scazzola joined by EPMF Board Member Philipp Reisert, C. Hafner GmbH & Co. KG and Timothée Tierny, Orgalim. Aim of the event was to discuss and learn about the upcoming REACH and CLP revisions and to try to answer what circularity challenges the precious metals sector is currently facing.
Main takeaways from this event :
– better integration of chemicals policy with other policy areas – chemicals should not be a separate eco-system,
– essential use could apply to a function of a chemical in a product but heated debates are still ongoing
– “non-toxic” is a “vision”, an aspiration, but the risk controlled environment is the real objective,
– the intention of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability is to get rid of hazardous substance but only when possible,
– a key challenge will remain the alignment of the 3C’s : Chemicals, Circularity and Climate neutrality.
The European Commission reiterates the need for a dialog based on facts between them and industry. The EPMF is recognized as an effective and important stakeholder and is strongly invited to keep engaging. The event clearly showed also the importance of a strong collaboration along the supply chain. The Green deal objectives and the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability will be at the heart of EPMF work in the year to come !

Precious Metals – All Around You

August 2021

Precious metals, their compounds, and the products that result from their use are truly ‘All Around You’. They make our lives more enjoyable, safer, more productive, and healthier. They enable us to have a cleaner environment today, and their importance is growing as Europe leads the world towards a low-carbon economy. Check out our EPMF leaflet on precious metals and learn more about their unique properties

New EPMF Board

9 June 2021

EPMF is pleased to announce its new Board that was elected on June 9, 2021, at the General Assembly meeting. You can meet the Members of the EPMF Board here.

The EPMF Team would like to thank the Board for engaging into EPMF management and we look forward to a future of fruitful cooperation and successful collaboration!

Welcome Anissa Alami Badissi

April 2021

EPMF is pleased to welcome Anissa Alami Badissi to the EPMF Team! As of April 1, 2021 Anissa is our new Scientific Officer. She is a regulatory toxicologist by training and has 7 years of experience gained with Apeiron and the European Insulation Manufacturers Association, EURIMA. Anissa will bring to EPMF all her expertise and knowledge in human health toxicology. She will work on the different scientific regulatory challenges like the EOGRTs on Karstedt Concentrate, the silver dossier, the Platinum Group Metals (PGMs), and the Gold and precious metals cyanides testing programs.

Do not hesitate to reach out to Anissa:
anissa.alami@epmf.be

‘It is a great opportunity for me to join the European Precious Metals Federation. It is a pleasure to be involved in contributing to the overall goals of the EPMF and supporting each member by providing my experience in human toxicology and committee management.’

New offices for EPMF

January 2021

EPMF has moved! From now on you can find us at Avenue de Tervueren, 168 – box 6, 1150 Brussels, Belgium. We can’t wait to welcome all of you as soon as the situation allows. For now, take a look at the video below and enjoy the fantastic ‘precious’ mural that was created across our walls. See you soon!