International Akademie Fresenius Conference Microplastics

22.10. - 23.10.2020, Park Inn by Radisson Köln City West

International Akademie Fresenius Conference Microplastics

Regulatory Changes and Risk Assessment for Intentionally added Microplastics

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Übersicht

You are asking yourself, whether you will be able to travel this autumn and whether to book this conference right now?

We all wish to go back to normal and as of June 2020 we have been able to implement on-site meetings, here in Germany. However, our social responsibility and the health of our customers, employees and speakers are of the utmost importance for us, which is why we closely monitor the developments and comply with the current recommendations of the authorities. That is why we guarantee that you can rebook all events booked with us at any time and free of charge - this way you maintain full flexibility with your planning! If the circumstances do not allow for an on-site meeting later this year, we will change this conference into a virtual meeting. We promise, that we will inform you about any developments in due course!

Highlights

Regulatory Changes

  • European Commission: Update on microplastics and the EU Plastics Strategy
  • ECHA: REACH restriction of intentionally added microplastics – status update
  • Practical evidence for in favor of discussing a refinement of the new legal framework: The example of polyethylene wax
  • Cefic perspective on the expected regulatory changes
  • Industry perspective on ECHA‘s restriction proposal: The implications for polymer dispersions and their down-stream industrial uses
  • Intentionally added microplastics in agricultural products

Risk Assessment

  • The German BfR on microplastics in food:Oral uptake, toxicology and initial aspects of risk assessment
  • Modeling the flows of microplastic to the environment
  • Transferring microplastic fate and effects knowledge from the environment to human health
    Understanding microplastic exposure and hazard in a global context

Proactive Solutions

  • Microplastic to microfibers – How to achieve zero leakage to the environment

Who do you meet?

Professionals working in the fields of:

  • Product stewardship
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Registration and authorisation
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Hazard, exposure and risk assessment 
  • Research and development
  • Scientific advisory
  • Analytical science

Sectors that should take part:

  • Agrochemical industry
  • Chemical industry (producers of polymers)
  • Cosmetics industry
  • Personal care industry
  • Paints, waxes and polishes industry
  • Research institutes
  • Authorities
  • Scientific consultancies
  • Professional associations
  • Food industry

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Programm

Get-together on Wednesday, 21 October 2020

If you arrive on Wednesday, feel free to come to the hotel bar at 8 p.m. and meet other participants and speakers in a relaxed atmosphere.

Thursday 22 October 2020

8.30 Registration and coffee

9.00 Welcome address by the organisers and introduction by the Chair
Martin Klatt
, BASF, Germany

Regulatory Changes

9.10 REACH restriction of intentionally added microplastics – status update and refinements to the proposal made during the Opinion-making process

Peter Simpson, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Finland

9.35 Cefic perspective on the Opinion

  • General position on the restriction
  • Considerations on the definition
  • Challenges ahead

Blanca Serrano, European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), Belgium

10.00 NGO perspective on how to regulate microplastics

Jeroen Dagevos, Plastic Soup Foundation, The Netherlands

10.25 Coffee break

10.55 Practical evidence for a necessary refinement of the new legal framework for (intentionally added) microplastics: The example of polyethylene wax

  • Homogeneous grouping – prerequisite for solid scientific judgement
  • Thresholds on continuous proper functions

Alexander Lichtblau, Clariant, Germany

11.20 Industry perspective on ECHA‘s restriction proposal: The implications for polymer dispersions and their down-stream industrial uses

  • General overview of concerns and major implications for industry
  • Impact of microplastic restrictions on the dispersion industry and its down-stream industry
  • Suggestions for improvement

Martin Klatt, BASF, Germany

11.45 Intentionally added microplastics in agricultural products

  • Polymers vs microplastics in agricultural products
  • Relevance of microplastics in agricultural products
  • Difficulties and impact of the restriction on the agro industry

Annika Batel, BASF, Germany

12.10 Panel discussion
12.40 Lunch

Risk Assessment

14.00 EFSA: Science, food, society and micro-/nanoplastics

Hans Verhagen, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Italy

14.20 Human health effects of microplastics

  • How to address and test the toxicity of microplastics?

Yvonne C.M. Staal, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), The Netherlands

14.45 Microplastics in food: Oral uptake, toxicology and initial aspects of risk assessment

Alfonso Lampen, The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), Germany

15.10 Coffee break

15.40 Transferring microplastic fate and effects knowledge from the environment to human health

  • Environmental research as lead for our current understanding of microplastic fate and effects;
  • Transferability to human health research
  • Nanoplastic and plastic additive chemicals as most significant sources of risk from plastic
  • Learning from the nanosafety and chemical risk assessment: How to avoid re-inventing the wheel?

Andy Booth, Sintef, Norway

16.05 Panel discussion

Environmental Risk Assessment

16.35 Modeling the flows of macro- and microplastics to the environment

  • Release modeling based on material flow analysis
  • Polymer-specific approach including tyre-wear particles
  • Spationally-resolved and dynamic modeling

Bernd Nowack, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA), Switzerland

17.00 Microbes and microplastics: Influence of the biofilm on ecotoxicology

  • How does the microbial colonisation of microplastics influence bioavailability?
  • Does the presence of a microbial biofilm increase the health risk of ingesting microplastics?
  • Should ecotoxicological investigations be conducted using aged (microbially colonised) microplastics rather than pristine?

Karen Thorpe, Fera Science, United Kingdom

17.25 Questions and Answers
17.45 End of first day

18.45 Departure time for the evening event

As always, you are most welcome to attend our evening event. At the end of the first conference day, Akademie Fresenius invites you to a leisurely evening, which will take us to a lovely location in Cologne for a dinner visit. Please join us to continue the day’s interesting discussions in a relaxed and leisurely atmosphere. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

Friday 23 October 2020

9.00 Welcome address by the Chair
Christian Laforsch,
University of Bayreuth, Germany

Keynote: Regulatory Developments in the EU

9.10 Update from the Commission: Microplastics and the EU Plastics Strategy

  • The decision-making process for intentionally added microplastics: Status update
  • General initiatives on microplastics in the EU Plastics Strategy

Valentina Bertato, European Commission, Belgium

9.35 Questions and answers

Environmental Risk Assessment

9.55 The challenge of understanding microplastic exposure and hazard in a global context

  • Why are microplastics such a complex issue?
  • What influences the fate and transport of microplastics within the environment?
  • Are some microplastics more harmful than others?
  • What research is needed to understand the risks posed by microplastics?

Alice Horton, National Oceanography Centre, United Kingdom

10.20 Challenges in the environmental risk assessment of microplastics and regulatory implications: Perspective of the German REACH Competent Authority

  • Current standards defined by different legislations
  • Existing test systems – are those applicable for polymere based particles?
  • Threshold criteria for chemicals – are these also applicable for microplastics?
  • Restriction of intentionally added microplastics – for which reasons the precautionary principle needs to be applied?

Jürgen Fischer, German Environment Agency, Germany

10.45 Coffee break

11.15 Microplastics as stressors in different ecosystems

Christian Laforsch, University of Bayreuth, Germany

11.40 Panel discussion

Proactive Solutions

12.00 Microplastic to microfibers – how to achieve zero leakage to the environment

  • Definition of microplastic / origin and sources
  • What the consumer goods industry is already doing and what the next steps are
  • Microfibers: leakage via textile washing
  • Recent research and how to reduce pollution further

Thomas Müller-Kirschbaum, Henkel, Germany

12.35 Questions and answers, closing remarks

13.00 Lunch and end of the conference

Referenten

Name

Unternehmen

Batel

Annika Batel

BASF, Germany

Annika Batel completed her PhD and PostDoc in microplastics research at the University of Heidelberg and is now employed as Aquatic Ecotoxicologist at the agricultural research centre of BASF.

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Bertato

Valentina Bertato

European Commission, Belgium

Valentina Bertato has been working at the European Commission since 2011 dealing mainly with chemicals policy, first in DG GROW and since 2017, in DG ENV. She is currently focusing on REACH restrictions for environmental risks (including microplastics) and on international work on chemicals. Her background is in environmental chemistry.

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Andy Booth

Sintef, Norway

Andy Booth (PhD) is a Senior Researcher in environmental chemistry at the Environment and New Resources Department at SINTEF Ocean, Norway. His research work focuses on the environmental fate and effects of anthropogenic pollutants in natural systems, with a focus on emerging pollutants, nanomaterials and microplastics.

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Dagevos

Jeroen Dagevos

Plastic Soup Foundation, The Netherlands

Jeroen Dagevos is currently the Head of Programmes at the Plastic Soup Foundation. He is strongly involved in the “beat the microbead” campaign and has been the engaged in driving forward European policy measures for the regulation of intentionally added microplaststics for more than 10 years.

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Fischer

Jürgen Fischer

German Environment Agency, Germany

Jürgen Fischer obtained his PhD in agricultural chemistry and joined the Germany Environment Agency (UBA) in 1997. Between 2000 and 2016 he was a member of the UBA’s biocides group. Since 2016 he has been responsible for the assessment of the environmental exposure and fate of chemicals in the context of the REACH legislation.

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Horton

Alice Horton

National Oceanography Centre, United Kingdom

Alice Horton is an anthropogenic Contaminant Scientist working at the National Oceanography Centre, UK. She has been active in the field of microplastics research since 2014. Her research focuses especially on microplastics within the aquatic environment, including their sources, fate and ecological effects.

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Klatt

Martin Klatt

BASF, Germany

Martin Klatt (PhD) is active at BASF in the fields of product stewardship and research since 1995 in various positions. Currently, he is leading the product stewardship group of dispersions and resins Europe at BASF and represents BASF in various associations. He is currently the chairman of the EPDLA (European Polymer Dispersion and Latex Association).

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Laforsch

Christian Laforsch

University of Bayreuth, Germany

Christian Laforsch is a Professor for animal ecology at the University of Bayreuth, which he joined in 2012. His research interest lies within the field of zoology and evolutionary ecology, targeting especially the phenomenon of phenotypic plasticity and animal adaption to changing biotic and abiotic environmental factors.

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Lampen

Alfonso Lampen

Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)

Alfonso Lampen is the Head of the Department ‘Food Safety’ at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Berlin and a Professor at the School of Veterinary Medicine Hannover.

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Alexander Lichtblau

Clariant Produkte, Germany

Alexander Lichtblau holds a PhD in chemistry. He has been working at Clariant, in product stewardship for more than 10 years. For the last 8 years he has taken over roles in business unit key contact managing and monitoring of any product stewardship related topics for and in a business unit. He has previously worked in the in the additives business for 14 years.

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Müller-Kirschbaum

Thomas Müller-Kirschbaum

Henkel, Germany

Thomas Müller-Kirschbaum joined Henkel more than 30 years ago, after his study of physics, chemistry and environmental technology. He is currently the Head of the global R&D Laundry and Home Care. As Co-chair of the Henkel Sustainability Council, he is responsible for the company´s sustainability strategy and its implementation.

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Nowack

Bernd Nowack

Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA)

Bernd Nowack holds a PhD in environmental sciences and is currently leading the Environmental Risk Assessment and Management“ group at EMPA, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology. He is also an adjunct professor at ETH Zurich. His current research deals with the environmental risks of engineered nanomaterials, nanobiomaterials and microplastics.

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Blanca Serrano

The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), Belgium

Blanca Serrano is currently the Director of Product Stewardship at the European Council of the Chemical Industry (Cefic) dealing with issues related to nanomaterials, microplastics and the Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation (CLP). She joined Cefic in 2015 and has extensive experience in chemical regulatory affairs from her previous role as Product Stewardship Coordinator in FEIQUE, the Spanish Chemical Industry Association.

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Simpson

Peter Simpson

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Finland

Peter Simpson is a Senior Scientific Officer at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki. He is an Environmental Toxicologist and works on the risk management of hazardous chemicals under the EU’s REACH regulation. For the past two years, he has managed ECHA’s work on an EU restriction of ‘intentionally added microplastics’.

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Staal

Yvonne C.M. Staal

National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), The Netherlands

Yvonne C.M. Staal is an inhalation toxicologist at the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and has a PhD in toxicogenomics. She works on the development and implementation of animal free methods and molecular approaches to understand the toxicity based on mechanism of action.

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Karen Thorpe

Fera Science, United Kingdom

Karen Thorpe (PhD) is an Aquatic Ecotoxicologist at Fera Science. Her research is primarily focused on understanding the effects of exposure to novel environmental pollutants (including microplastics) on aquatic organisms, and the development of test methods to identify and quantify the effects of harmful pollutants.

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