Programme

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  1. Welcome and Introduction

  2. Session 1: Experiences with substituting PFASs from different sectors
  3. En route to fluorine-free firefighting: what to consider from an end user’s perspective

    Martin Kaller Martin Kaller
    Senior Specialist Emergency Response, Head of Fire Station South, BASF SE
  4. PFAS applications in audio electronics and the challenges of finding substitutes

    Anna Forsgren, Compliance and Sustainability Manger, Zound Industries 

  5. Plasma coatings for PFAS free packaging containers

    • Why do we need barrier coatings for plastic packaging? 
    • What kind of PFASs are used today? 
    • How does the plasma coating work? 
    • Where can we apply the coating?
    Benedikt Heuer Benedikt Heuer
    Co-Founder and Managing Director, IonKraft GmbH
  6. An analysis of PFAS usage and unique applications facing the aerospace and defence industry

    • Unique challenges for A&D  
    • Examples of PFASs in A&D derived from industry data (2020) 
    • Special concerns – synthetic aqueous firefighting foam (AFFF) 
    Michael G Anderson Michael G Anderson
    Principal Engineer, Corporate Energy, Environment, Safety & Health Advocacy Lead, International Aerospace Environmental Group (IAEG)
  7. PFASs in outdoor apparel and other textiles: Why are NGOs, regulators, and businesses concerned?

    • Recent studies investigating PFASs in textiles – key findings
    • Examples of businesses substituting PFASs in textiles
    • Recent state action on PFASs in textiles 
    Mike Schade Mike Schade
    Director, Mind the Store, Toxic-Free Future, United States
  8. Panel discussion

    Lessons learnt so far for replacing PFASs based on today’s technology 

  9. Lunch

  10.  

    Chemical Watch demo 12.40-13.00

  11. Session 2: Complexity of decision making around PFASs and the essential use debates
  12.  

    Three members of FPP4EU, a Cefic sector group, present case studies

  13. Focus on a vital application: The cancer medicine Sorafenib in Nexavar®

    • Discussion of Sorafenib
    • Benefit and essentiality
    Jan Woelz Jan Woelz
    Head of Ecotoxicology, Bayer AG
  14. The science of substitutes: search for PFAS alternatives

    Natasa Sbrizaj Natasa Sbrizaj
    EMEA Regulatory and Government Affairs Manager for Environment and Sustainability, 3M
  15. F-gases' contribution to the safe progress of essential refrigeration and heating applications in Europe

    • Market context 
    • Refrigerants’ safety classification and terminology 
    • Industry standards' directions
    • Representative applications
    • Conclusions 
    Samer Saab Samer Saab
    PhD, Regional Technology Manager, Chemours Thermal and Specialized Solutions
  16. Fluoropolymers: Concerns and necessity

    • How did we arrive at a restriction proposal this wide? PFOA and regrettable substitution 
    • Responsible manufacturing of fluoropolymers – abatement and non-fluorinated surfactant replacement 
    • Fluoropolymers are ’polymers of low concern' – OECD criteria 
    • Fluoropolymers are 'polymers of necessity'; – evaluation of alternatives

    Deepak Kapoor, Managing Director-European operations, Gujarat Fluorochemicals GmbH, and

    Marcel van den Noort, Vice President - Regulatory Affairs, Sustainability and Special Projects, Gujarat Fluorochemicals GmbH    

  17. Opportunities for pollution prevention: Safer products for Washington’s approach to PFAS regulation

    • Programme goals 
    • PFAS-containing products under evaluation 

     

    Lauren Tamboer Lauren Tamboer
    Communications and Stakeholder Involvement Lead, Washington Department of Ecology
  18. How to assess what is essential use and what is not with PFASs as a case study

    • Great potential to make regulation more efficient but needs to be clear and predictable 
    • When is it justified to use the most harmful chemicals?
    • PFAS use can be seen as essential for a small fraction of products 
    • For the rest, this is a golden opportunity for producers of safer alternatives 
    Frida Hök Frida Hök
    Deputy Director, ChemSec, Sweden
  19. Panel discussion

    Essential use debates for PFASs 

  20. Break

  21. Session 3: Bringing together different approaches to regulation, including implementation and enforcement
  22. The need to consider implementation of the restrictions, analytical methods for groups of PFAS and chemical standards to support the documentation of compliance, enforcement and risk assessment

    Xenia Trier Xenia Trier
    Expert on Chemicals, Environment and Human Health, European Environment Agency
  23. The Danish ban of PFASs in paper and board food contact materials (FCMs)

    • Introduction to the Danish legislation concerning PFASs in paper and board FCMs 
    • Enforcement of FCM legislation in Denmark – analysis and inspections 
    • Recent analytical results for PFASs in paper and board FCMs 

      

    Charlotte Legind Charlotte Legind
    Environmental Chemist, Danish Veterinary and Food Administration
  24. EU regulatory update: Overview of ongoing and upcoming policy steps towards stricter and more effective regulation of PFAS in the EU

    • How well are PFASs currently regulated in the EU? Overview of existing EU measures (drinking water Directive, REACH restrictions, CLP etc)
    • The commitment to address PFASs as a group under the EU chemicals strategy for sustainability
    • Zoom in on ongoing REACH activities: PFHxA; PFAS in fire-fighting foams and the ’universal' PFAS ban  
    Hélène Duguy Hélène Duguy
    Jurist, Chemicals Project, ClientEarth
  25. UK regulatory updates on PFASs

    Edward Latter Edward Latter
    Chemicals Policy Team Leader, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), UK
  26. PFASs: A diverse universe of chemistry that enables modern technology

    • What are PFASs and why are they important?  
    • All PFASs are not the same  
    • Discussion of latest research/science on differences between chemistries  
    • Discussion of performance attributes/alternatives  
    • Legislative and regulatory initiatives/outlook 
    Robert J. Simon Robert J. Simon
    Vice President, Chemical Products & Technology Divisions, American Chemistry Council
  27. DTSC’s Safer Consumer Products Program’s (SCP) PFAS

    • A brief overview of the SCP regulatory framework and how DTSC has taken a class approach to regulating PFAS-containing consumer products  
    • An overview of PFAS-containing consumer products DTSC has evaluated/regulated  
    • DTSC’s approach to compliance testing, enforcement and challenges 
    • PFAS alternatives
    • Legislative action in California on PFAS-containing products 
    André Algazi André Algazi
    Manager, Safer Consumer Products Branch, California Department of Toxic Substances Control
  28. Panel discussion

    Comparison of different definitions, approaches, experiences with implementation and enforcement 

  29. End of conference