International Akademie Fresenius Conference Microplastics +++ONLINE CONFERENCE+++

22.10. - 23.10.2020, Online Conference | Die Akademie Fresenius GmbH

International Akademie Fresenius Conference Microplastics +++ONLINE CONFERENCE+++

Regulatory Changes and Risk Assessment for Intentionally added Microplastics

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Übersicht

+++ONLINE CONFERENCE+++

The Akademie Fresenius International Microplastics Conference will strive to become the perfect platform for bringing together the regulatory, industrial and consulting communities. For now, with the COVID-19 crisis, it will be difficult to gather physically. However, since we all need to learn from one another, and important regulatory changes are continuing to be made, we have decided to transfer our dialogue in the virtual space. We therefore cordially invite you to join this year’s Online Conference. Plenty of exciting presentations are awaiting you! And they will all be accessible from the comfort of your home or your office, thus reducing travel on the one hand and increasing accessibility on the other hand. We are looking forward to meeting you!

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

PLEASE NOTE: The indicated times refer to Central European Summer Time CEST.

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Thursday, 22 October 2020

10:45 CEST - Start of the Online Conference

Welcome address by the organisers and introduction by the Chair

Martin Klatt, BASF, Germany

 

11:00 CEST - Regulatory Changes

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

Cefic perspective on the Opinion

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

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

NGO perspective on how to regulate microplastics

Jeroen Dagevos, Plastic Soup Foundation, The Netherlands

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

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

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

13:40 CEST - Lunch break

 

15:00 CEST - Risk Assessment

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

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

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

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

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

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

17:00 CEST - End of the first conference day

 

Friday, 23 October 2020

10:50 CEST - Start of the second day of the online conference 

Opening remarks for the second conference day by the Chairs

 

11:00 CEST Keynote: Regulatory Developments in the EU

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

11:30 CEST - Environmental Risk Assessment

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

Microbes and microplastics: Influence of the biofilm on ecotoxicology

  • How does the microbial colonisation of microplastics influence plastic properties?
  • What implications do these changes have for the assessment of microplastic ecotoxicity?
  • Should ecotoxicological studies be using microbially colonised microplastics and what are the challenges of this?

Katey Valentine, University of York, United Kingdom

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

13:00 CEST - Lunch break

 

14:00 CEST - Continuation Environmental Risk Assessment

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

Microplastics as stressors in different ecosystems

Christian Laforsch, University of Bayreuth, Germany

 

14:40 CEST - Proactive Solutions

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

15:30 CEST 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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Katey Valentine

University of York, United Kingdom

Katey is currently a third-year PhD student at the University of York. As a marine biology graduate she has a broad interest in the health of our world's oceans and rivers and her current work is focused on understanding the complex interactions between plastic waste, microbial communities and aquatic invertebrates in freshwater rivers.

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Verhagen

Hans Verhagen

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Italy

Hans Verhagen is Senior Scientific Officer at EFSA and was a member of EFSA’s NDA Panel from 2006 to 2015. He holds a PhD in toxicology and is a board-certified Toxicologist and Nutritionist. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.

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