Substances needed as the main basis in a broad range of applications can be considered as ‘critical raw materials’. The possibility to use these substances can be affected by either their availability (e.g. supply shortage, market shifts, etc.) or the regulatory frameworks that impact on their use (e.g. limitations in concentrations, a focus on exposure including new occupational exposure limits, etc.) In his presentation, Dr Funk will show how the regulatory framework (e.g. REACH) can impact the business criticality of some of these relevant substances because they have been restricted, banned or placed on an ‘ECHA list’. Examples include diisocyanates, silicones, microplastics and polymers of concern. He will also explore FEICA’s strategies to manage these risks.