Agenda

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  1. Coffee and registration

  2. Welcome and introduction

    Andrew Turley Andrew Turley
    Science Editor, Chemical Watch News & Insight, by Enhesa
  3. Session 1: PFAS – regulatory updates from Europe
  4. Latest European Commission update on the co-ordination of the different PFAS restriction proposals

    • Commission proposal on PFHxA restriction 
    • Finalised RAC and SEAC opinion on restriction of all PFAS in firefighting foams 
    • Most important discussion topics on broad PFASs restriction 
    Martijn Beekman Martijn Beekman
    Policy Officer, DG Grow, European Commission
  5. ECHA updates on current processes for PFAS restriction proposals under REACH

    VIRTUAL PRESENTATION    

    • Overview of ECHA’s work on PFAS restrictions under REACH 
    • Restriction proposal on PFAS in firefighting foams: conclusions from the scientific assessment by ECHA’s committees 
    • Universal PFAS restriction proposal: the work ahead 
    Mercedes Marquez-Camacho Mercedes Marquez-Camacho
    Team Leader in Restrictions Opinion Making, ECHA
  6. The universal PFAS (UPFAS) restriction after the consultation period

    • Scope and concerns related to PFASs 
    • The UPFAS restriction proposal so far – what has been done 
    • Next steps: processing comments from the consultation and recommendations 
    Peter Juhl Nielsen Peter Juhl Nielsen
    Scientific Officer, Environmental Protection Agency, Denmark
  7. Further important European updates from an NGO perspective

    • Scene setting
    • EU PFAS restrictions

    Jean-Luc Wietor, Deputy Manager, European Environmental Bureau

    Jean-Luc Wietor Jean-Luc Wietor
    Deputy Policy Manager, European Environmental Bureau (EEB)
  8. Q&A

  9. Refreshment break

  10. Session 2: Legal and enforcement developments
  11. Are emergency interim proceedings suitable legal tools for PFAS victims?

    VIRTUAL PRESENTATION

    • Context of the worst PFAS contamination in France
    • Polluter pays principle and precautionary principle
    • Emergency interim proceedings: a suitable legal tool for PFAS victims?
    Louise Tschanz Louise Tschanz
    Environmental Lawyer, Kaizen Avocat (Law Firm)
  12. Brief individual Q&A

  13. Compliance and enforcement implications of PFAS restrictions

    • Challenges for enforcing authorities tasked with checking compliance
    • How enforcing authorities might target their inspections
    • How businesses could demonstrate compliance with the restriction
    Richard Bishop Richard Bishop
    Operations Director & Principal Consultant, TSG Consulting
  14. Q&A

  15. Lunch and networking

  16. Chemical Watch platform demonstration

  17. Session 3: Different sector responses to the changing regulatory landscape
  18. Challenges and successes dealing with UPFAS restriction in the mechanical and plant engineering industries

    VIRTUAL PRESENTATION 

    • PFASs determination of affected areas
    • Impact on the mechanical and plant engineering sectors 
    • Application example 
    • Analysis of draft regulation and VDMA position 
    Alena Knauz Alena Knauz
    Substance Policy Advisor, German Machinery and Equipment Manufacturers Association (VDMA eV)
  19. Challenges and successes phasing out PFASs from the paper and board sector

    • PFASs in sector-specific legislation: food contact materials (FCMs) 
    • Focus on specific measures for the paper and board sector 
    • Why and how to measure PFASs? 
    • Case study examples 
    • Supporting innovation to phase out PFASs: the project with Qwarzo 
    Cristina Lugli Cristina Lugli
    Regulatory Affairs Manager, FCMs and Sustainability, Ecol studio SPA
  20. Q&A

  21. Refreshment break

  22. Session 4: Developing solutions to the most urgent challenges
  23. Supply chain engagement: Substance identification and preparedness for substitution

    • Review of approaches for mapping substance uses  
    • Case studies about engagement with stakeholders in complex supply chains 
    • Aspects to be considered when preparing for substitution 
    Felipe Balestero de Assis Felipe Balestero de Assis
    Managing Consultant, Market Manager for the REACH Authorisation & Restriction Practice, Ramboll Deutschland GmbH
  24. What’s the alternative? Key challenges and barriers to achieving implementation of a PFAS restriction

    • The journey to developing PFAS alternatives 
    • Assessing function and performance 
    • Key challenges for achieving PFAS substitution in practice 
    • Case study examples 
    • Actions to success 
    Ian Keyte Ian Keyte
    Principal Consultant, WSP
  25. Q&A and panel discussion: Given the scale of the new restrictions and timelines, how can we avoid more regrettable substitution?

    • Communication with the supply chain
    • Lifecycle of PFAS
    • Recycling and degradation products of different recycling methods

    Additional panellists:

    Peter Juhl Nielsen Peter Juhl Nielsen
    Scientific Officer, Environmental Protection Agency, Denmark
    Cristina Lugli Cristina Lugli
    Regulatory Affairs Manager, FCMs and Sustainability, Ecol studio SPA
    Jean-Luc Wietor Jean-Luc Wietor
    Deputy Policy Manager, European Environmental Bureau (EEB)
  26. End of conference