REACH obsolescence risk and supply chain management for space programs - Stakeholders' Day

Monday, March 27, 2017 2:03:00 PM

Materials and Processes Technology Board stakeholder day on REACH obsolescence risk and supply chain management for space programs

What: Materials and Processes Technology Board stakeholder day
Date: 16th May, 09:00 – 17:00
Venue: ESA-ESTEC, Keplerlaan 1, 2200 AG  Noordwijk, The Netherlands (

The European REACH regulation controls the manufacturing, market placement and use of chemical substances in Europe through the processes of registration, authorisation, and restriction. The large number of substances requiring authorisation for continuous use, as well as the strict rules and high costs involved to seek such authorisation consequently lead to disappearance of substances from the market or result in changes of materials and processes formulations. The most imminent risk is the obsolescence of qualified materials, processes or technologies and costly mitigation actions if identified at a later stage of space projects. Other challenges include the declaration of hazardous substances (REACH article 33) for complex hardware.

The complexity of the issue and its possible industrial impact requires European-wide coordination among space industry and agencies, realised by through the Materials and Processes Technology Board (MPTB). This is participated by large system integrators, equipment manufacturers, expert companies, national space agencies and ESA. The objective of this event is to establish a communication network between MPTB members and smaller companies, SMEs, and academia, that are involved in hardware manufacturing for space programmes to address the following questions:

  1.       What are the needs and challenges in the area of materials and processes for stakeholders in the European space sector?
  2.       How can we improve to share information and feed innovation effectively across the European space sector?
  3.       Where can the MPTB provide support and how can we establish a functional communication network?

Participation is free of charge, in case of interest follow the link below for registration.

Contributions from participants are welcome to understand challenges of European stakeholders for (REACH) obsolescence management for materials and processes, provision of innovative solutions and service for testing and development, or other topical issues of relevance.

Questions and suggestions should be addressed to Thomas Rohr (