Marcus Navin-Jones

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  • Professional Assistant: Aurélie Van Bever , Ph: +32 2 645 5082


    Avenue Louise 54,
    1050 Brussels

Marcus is recognized by Chambers and Partners 2020, with clients describing him as “a very hard worker who provides excellent consultations." 

Marcus’s practice focuses on: EU chemical control; tobacco/vape (including CBD) products; product safety and liability; and environmental law. Marcus advises clients on how to get access to European markets, how to sell compliant products in Europe (including product audits to check compliance), how to overcome barriers to trade, and what to do in legal-crisis management situations – including enforcement, recalls and withdrawals. Marcus primarily focuses on EU chemical law. He assists and manages numerous REACH consortia. Marcus also has a vibrant litigation and dispute resolution practice and has counselled some of the most significant cases brought by chemical companies before EU Courts and the ECHA Board of Appeal. Marcus has recently been at the forefront of BREXIT and its potential impact on chemical supply-chains and assisted the UK House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee on EU and UK REACH issues. 

EU Chemical Control: Marcus advises on all aspects of EU chemical law. He focuses particularly on the REACH and CLP Regulations, ROHS2, BPR, PPPR, POPs, PIC and related law. His work includes a particular focus on: microplastics; polymers of concern; PBT/vPvB substances; endocrine disruptors; nanomaterials; chemical waste and other emerging issues. He supports a number of REACH consortia. He has also taken some of the most significant cases for the chemical industry before the EU Courts and the ECHA Board of Appeal including:

•Current case T-226/18 regarding a REACH Restriction 

•Current case C-471/18 P regarding an ECHA SONC

•T-283/15 regarding an ECHA Statement of Non-Compliance

•A-006-2016 regarding polymer data required from monomer REACH registrants

•A-012-2017 regarding a multi-constituent and alleged PBT/vPvB properties

•A-018-2015 regarding an annulment to carry out an EOGRTS study

•A-017-2015 regarding a PNDT study using a corrosive substance

•A-012-2014 regarding read-across data and a 2nd species PNDT study

•A-005-2011 regarding vertebrate animal testing

Other cases have included issues such as: SVHC identification (i.e. Candidate List inclusion); read-across adaptations including exposure-based waivers; and vertebrate animal testing. Marcus has also assisted with advocacy on proposals to list a substance on A, B or C of the Stockholm Convention.

Tobacco/vape and CBD products: Marcus focuses on emerging and traditional tobacco and nicotine-related products, including vape and e-cigarettes/e-liquids; heat-not-burn; and cannabis/hemp-based products – including CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids. His work particularly involves assisting clients in accessing European markets and avoiding trade barriers. 

Product safety and liability: Marcus assists clients with product safety & liability, and legal crisis management issues. This includes assistance on food and non-food products, their labelling and packaging, supply-chain agreements, and insurance coverage. He has assisted clients navigate through RAPEX notifications, and product recalls and withdrawals from the market. He has also supported companies with non-compliant and potentially non-compliant issues – including incidents involving possible criminal sanctions; Director and Officer liability issues; Corporate Social Governance issues; and requirements to report or inform the authorities. 

Environment: Marcus works increasingly on the interface between chemicals and chemical waste, the circular economy, plastic waste, extended producer responsibility, environmental liability, and pollution. This includes advice on the WFD, WEEE2, the Environmental Liability Directive, Eco-Design, Energy Labelling, and the Batteries Directive.     

General: Marcus is a partner at Keller and Heckman in Brussels and serves on the Keller and Heckman EU Committee. He is a ranked attorney by Chambers and Partners in the area of Regulatory: Environment – Europe-Wide. Marcus is a solicitor-advocate with the Law Society of England and Wales; a qualified mediator with the CEDR London; and a member of CEPANI (The Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation). He is Editor and Board Member of International Chemical Regulation and Law Review. He is also the current secretary, and founder, of the EU Chemicals Board of Appeal Forum (formerly the ECHA Board of Appeal Forum). Marcus featured in ChemCon Europe 2018 "Interview on BREXIT with Marcus Navin-Jones and René van Sloten". Marcus is also featured in Lawyer Monthly October 2016 (Lawyer Monthly - Thought Leader - Marcus Navin-Jones, Environmental Law) and he was interviewed in the ITN Video Production "The importance of the Single Market to those operating within highly regulated industries


The Spring 2019 REACH Authorization Cases: Lessons to Learn for REACH Authorization Applicants

Expert Focus: Key REACH Authorization Judgments Offer Lessons for Companies

A Legal Review of EU Boards of Appeal in Particular the European Chemicals Agency Board of Appeal 

Preparing for BREXIT, What companies should be doing now, Chemical Watch, November 2016 

Ein rechtlicher Überblick über die EU-Beschwerdekammern, insbesondere die Beschwerdekammer für die Europäische Agentur für chemische Stoffe

Treated articles under the BPR - A problem solved? Specialty Chemicals Magazine, February 2012

EU Commission Confirms OR Authorisation Role

Tobacco Product Regulation in the European Union, Tobacco Regulation and Compliance: An essential resource, Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI), December 2011

ECHA disclosure of REACH Authorisation data

Authorisation applications and EU competition law

South Korea issues its version of REACH for consultation

Proposed EU Biocidal Products Regulation

REACH consortia without breaching competition law

REACH consortia formation

Companies rethink the role of importers under REACH

Cited in Doubt over OR role in REACH authorisation

Cited in Commission decision on OR authorisation role expected by October


Presentations at Public Conferences [Last updated:30 July 2020]

PCEP, REACH & Plastics, 14 May 2020
E Vapor Symposium, Irvine California USA, How to Sell Your Products in the EU, 11-12 February 2020
REACH and Plastics, K&H Workshop, Brussels, 12 December 2019
AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), REACH Authorisation: The Spring 2019 EU Court Judgments: Sweden and Client Earth Cases, 28 November 2019
TabExpo, Amsterdam, TPD and beyond: The Challenges facing the vaping industry in the EU, 13 November 2019
PlasticsEurope, REACH Authorisation and BPA Court Judgments, 28-29 October 2019
CEFIC, Brussels, REACH Title VII cases: Sweden (lead chromates), ClientEarth (DEHP), 11 October 2019
Eurometaux, Brussels, REACH Authorisations Spring 2019 Cases, 17 September 2019
Webinar, REACH 30/30, BREXIT, Microplastics and other issues, 13 February 2019
E-Vapor Sysmposium, VTC (Florida, USA), Requirements Under the EU Tobacco Products Directive, 29-30 January 2019, 

ChemCon: Polymers, monomers and REACH: New bans, new cases and a new approach, Budapest, Hungary, 12-16 November 2018
CIA Brexit Conference, London, England, 15 November 2018
Enforcement Summit 2018: Brussels, Belgium, 24-25 September 2018
Concawe: Cat-App project presentation: minimizing animal testing for human health risk assessment of petroleum substances under REACH, Brussels, Belgium, 6 September 2018
Chemical Watch: Chemical Watch Expo 2018: Global Chemical Regulations, Brussels, Belgium, 12-13 June 2018
Amcham EU: Collective redress in Europe - Lessons from the US and Member States, Brussels, Belgium, 5 June 2018
Amcham EU: Working Group meeting on the REACH review with Michael Flueh, Brussels, Belgium, 24 May 2018
Plastics Regulation: Polymer impurities and degradation of products – current issues regarding REACH, Cologne, Germany, 14-15 March 2018
Brussels Food Packaging Law Seminar: Shift in REACH to Focus on Impurities and Breakdown Products, Brussels, Belgium, 6-7 March 2018
E-Vapor and Tobacco Symposium: Requirements Under the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), Washington, D.C. 6-7 February 2018
E.C.: Workshop related to the Implementation of Commission Regulation 542/2017 amending Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures by adding an Annex on harmonised information relating to emergency health response, Brussels, Belgium, 1 February 2018
Amcham EU: Meeting of the ED working Group, Brussels, Belgium 17 January 2018
Nanotechi: Nanotechnology Industries Association AGM, Webinar, 18 December 2017
Amcham EU: Environment Committee Plenary, Brussels, Belgium, 12 December 2017
Food Packaging Summit: Polymers: Impurities and degradations products under REACH, Austin, Texas. USA, 9 November 2017
Nanotechia: NIA Members Webinar on REACH Annexes, Webinar, 30 October 2017
ECHA: EU poison centres: state of play, Webinar, 10 October 2017
Chemical Watch: Post-Brexit options for UK chemicals law conference, London, England,  29 September 2017
Nanotechia: NIA welcome webinar: CelluForce and CNR, Webinar, 22 September 2017
Keller and Heckman LLP: Webinar: Going International: Are you Vapor Products EU Compliant, Webinar, 13 July 2017
Chemical Watch: EU Commission's criteria to identify Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals under Plant Protection Products & Biocides, Webinar 27 July 2017
Amcham EU: ENV – Guest Speaker on waste-to-energy, Brussels, Belgium, 6 July 2017
Nanotechia: Brexit and Devolution: Constitutional Challenges taking place tomorrow, Webinar, 5 July 2017
European Parliament: Brexit and Devolution: Constitutional Challenges taking place tomorrow, Brussels, Belgium, 27 June 2017
Cefic RIEF VI Workshop: REACH Information and Experience Exchange Forum 2017. Brussels, Belgium, 20 June 2017
British Chamber of Commerce: Panel Debate on the effects of Brexit on business relations between Spain and the UK, Brussels Belgium, 15 June 2017
CIA: Managing REACH for Suppliers of articles: How complaint are you?, Leeds, England, 14 June 2017 
Post-Brexit options for UK chemicals law, London, England, 24 May 2017
10 Years REACH Helsinki, Finland, 24 May 2017
Amcham EU: ENV – Guest Speaker on the plastics strategy, Brussels, Belgium, 4 May 2017
British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium: Priorities of the ENVI Committee with Adina-Ioana Valean MEP, new chair of the ENVI Committee, Brussels, Belgium, 27 April 2017
Amcham EU: ENV – Guest Speaker on eco-design, Brussels, Belgium, 6 April 2017
Amcham EU: Brexit Task Force Meeting – Guest Speaker – Italian Permanent Representation to the EU, Brussels, Belgium, 14 March 2017
Translantic Week 2017: Room for three?The implications of Brexit on the EU-US relationship, Brussels, Belgium 10 March 17
Amcham EU: ENV – Guest Speaker on the waste/chemicals interface, Brussels, Belgium, 2 March 2017
Amcham EU: Meeting with US Mission to the EU on Brexit, Brussels, Belgium, 17 February 2017
EU law (excluding the New TPD) relevant to e-cigarettes, e-liquids and vape products, 31 July 2017 - Please click 
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ECHA: How are substances screened and shortlisted?, Webinar, 14 February 2017
Eurometaux, Brussels, Belgium, 13 February 2017
Requirements Under the New TPD for e-cigarettes and e-liquids; E-Vapor Law Symposium: Is Your E-Liquid Ready for FDA, 3 February 2017
Amcham EU: Single Market Task Force Meeting, Brussels, Belgium, 19 January 2019
BREXIT: Impact on the Chemical Industry; K&H and Chemical Watch Webinar 14 December 2016
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BREXIT: Impact on the Chemical Industry; Consumer Specialty Products Association; Webinar, 5 December 2016
CIA and BREXIT: CIA Conference Brexit and Annual Dinner, London, England
BREXIT: Impact on the Chemical Industry; TSGE REACH Congress, Dusseldorf, Germany, 8 November 2016
BREXIT: Impact on the Chemical Industry; ChemCon Americas, Toronto, Canada, 18 October 2016
BREXIT: Impact on the Chemical Industry; CEFIC, Brussels, Belgium , 13 October 2016
TSCA Reform for EU Stakeholders; Webinar, 22 September 2016,
BREXIT: Impact on the Chemical Industry; Keller and Heckman Chemical Control, Washington, 13 September 2016
BREXIT: Impact on the Chemical Industry, CIR Summit, Nice France, 7 - 8 September 2016
E-liquids and e-cigarette standards and TPD compliance: Global Forum on Nicotine (GFN), Warsaw, Poland  17-18 June 2016
EU REACH Overview and update: What has been achieved and what is next? International Chromium Development Association (ICDA), Tirana, Albania, 28 April 2016
E-cigarettes, e-liquids and vape products under the New Tobacco Products Directive: Problems and Pitfalls, Webinar, 29 February 2016
Global Silicones Council (SC), EU Message Training Workshop, ECHA Guidance: Adoption procedure and impact, 23 February 2016
The New REACH Data Sharing Regulation, Webinar, December 2015
ECHA Appeals: 2015 Round-up and highlights: Focus on REACH Data Sharing; REACH Congress, Dusseldorf, Germany, 25 November 2015
REACH Data Sharing: Disputes, Decisions and the Draft Act, K&H Chemical Control Seminar 2015, Washington DC, 28 October 2015
REACH Data Sharing: The New Regulation on REACH Data Sharing and Joint Submission, CIR (Chemical Industries Regulations), 24 September 2015, Barcelona, Spain
EU Product liability: Near consumer uses, European Industrial Gases Association (EIGA), 28 January 2015
ECHA Board of Appeal: How, when and why to appeal, REACH Congress, 19 November 2014
ECHA Board of Appeal Procedure and Case A-005-2011 (Honeywell vs ECHA), webinar for LARIT, 24 May 2013
Biocidal Products Regulation and Food Contact Materials, Imaging and Printing (I&P) Association Europe e.V., Frankfurt, Germany, 8 May 2013
EU Litigation:  ECHA Board of Appeals, Keller and Heckman 20th Anniversary Conference, Brussels, Belgium, 11 October 2012
Impact of Biocidal Products Regulation on Food Contact Materials, Keller and Heckman 20th Anniversary Conference, Brussels, Belgium, 11 October 2012
The Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR): Changes the Regulatory Landscape, Union
Authorisation and Mutual Recognition, Webinar, 11 September 2012
Chair of Biocides Working Group, Chemical Industries Regulations, Informa Life Sciences, Barcelona, Spain, 5-6 September 2012
Regulatory Requirements Under BPD/BPR, Cargill Brussels, 9 August 2012
'Substitution' Under EU Chemical Law:  A Model for California? Webinar, 28 July 2012
REACH Authorisation:  Legal Framework; Webinar, 26 July 2012
International Developments in EU Chemical law: EU BPR and Asia Biocides, Webinar, 19 April 2012
Food Contact: Impact of new EU Biocidal Products Regulation, Webinar, SpecialChem, 29 March 2012
REACH Authorisation and Downstream Users, Goodrich Hazardous Materials Steering Committee, Webinar, 14 February 2012
REACH and the Biocidal Products Regulation for US Companies; Webinar, 23 January 2012
Biocidal Products Regulation: Treated articles and Food contact materials, European Academy of Law (ERA) Food Conference, Trier, Germany, 22 November 2011
REACH Authorisation: From start to finish, US National Association for Surface Finishing, webinar, 10 November 2011
REACH Authorisation: Candidate Listing, Annex XIV Listing and Authorisation Applications, K&H Chemical Advanced Course, Washington DC, USA, 26 October 2011
Biocidal Products Regulation: Treated articles, Food contact materials and Surface biocides, Fresenius, Frankfurt, Germany, 19 October 2011
REACH-like legislation: South Korea, Japan, China, USA, Australia, Canada, Umicore, Hoboken, Belgium, 13 October 2011
REACH Authorisation: Application Process in Practice, Legal and Scientific Challenges, Helsinki, Finland, 17 May 2011
REACH regimes: Turkey and Switzerland, K&H Chemical Advanced Course, Washington DC, USA, 1 November 2010


Practice Areas


  • Stonyhurst College
    • , 1995
  • University of Bristol
    • , 2000
  • College of Law, London
    • , 2002

Bar Admissions

  • Law Society of Ireland
  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • CEDR Accredited Mediator
  • Brussels Bar (A-List)


  • Law Society of Ireland
    Law Society of England and Wales, admitted as a solicitor, September 2007, admitted as a solicitor-advocate, June 2013
    CEDR Accredited Mediator
    Member of the Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation (CEPANI)


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