Dawn Allen

Technical Director

Dawn holds a BSc (Hons) in colour and polymer chemistry from the University of Leeds. She has more than ten years of research and development experience in the coatings industry encompassing marine, industrial, and passive components materials for industry-leading companies (AkzoNobel and Johnson Matthey). Dawn developed an interest in regulation and sustainability and began working in the regulatory field. Initially tasked with completing global chemical registrations for mainly polymeric substances and curing agents and supporting a sustainability assessment tool for coatings. Following a move into the field of Flavour and Fragrance regulation with Firmenich, Dawn continued working on global regulatory activities with a specific interest in the regulation of polymers and micro-plastics. She was pivotal in supporting the work of the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) in responding to ECHA’s proposed microplastic restriction throughout the development of that regulation. Dawn has most recently been involved with an ECETOC taskforce as one of the authors in the TR133 series of three papers addressing the current state and potential future of registration of polymers.