Developing criteria for 'essential uses' of PFASs

The European Commission’s recently published chemicals strategy for sustainability – widely regarded as launching the most far-reaching regulatory measures in the EU in over a decade – promises a comprehensive action plan to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), such as phasing them out of consumer products.

Meanwhile, five European countries have agreed to prepare a restriction proposal covering the entire group of more than 4,700 substances, while Echa has announced its intention to restrict their use in firefighting foams.  

And the EU has committed to defining criteria for ‘essential use’ of the substance class, only allowing their use if necessary for health, safety or the functioning of society – and if there are no acceptable alternatives.

This virtual conference will examine the potential future impact on producers and users of PFASs and engage key stakeholders in a discussion on what ‘essential use’ means from their different perspectives.

Key topics

The following topics will be explored during the conference:

  • the chemicals strategy for sustainability’s proposed measures on PFASs and the proposals for a restriction on the substances;
  • industry and academic perspectives on the concept of essential uses;
  • case studies exploring current uses of PFASs in different industry sectors; and
  • how to develop effective criteria for essential uses of PFASs.

Who should attend

  • Regulatory affairs managers
  • Compliance managers
  • EHS directors
  • Sustainability managers
  • Product safety/quality control professionals
  • Government regulators
  • Toxicologists
  • Product stewards
  • Service providers
  • Lawyers
  • Consultants

Why attend?

Expert speakers – hear practical insights from the key stakeholders, as they give their perspectives on the latest developments around PFASs.

Q&A panel sessions – have your questions answered at the various Q&A sessions during the conference. You can send any questions you might have for the expert speakers in writing before the event.

Networking – opportunities for online networking with our panel of speakers and your fellow attendees;

Virtual conference - you avoid travel and accommodation costs; there is just an attendance fee to pay. All of the recorded presentations will be made available to you once the conference has finished. You can watch them again, at your convenience.