Agenda

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  1. Welcome and introduction by the moderator

    David Dillon David Dillon
    Independent Biocides Expert
  2. Session 1: Recent global developments
  3. PFAS regulatory updates at the global level

    • Addition of PFHxS to the Stockholm Convention 
    • Assessment of the long-chain PFCAs at the Stockholm POPs Review Committee 
    • Latest developments under the Basel Convention and Rotterdam Convention 
    Peter Dawson Peter Dawson
    Principal Scientist, Environmental Protection Authority, New Zealand
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    Regional overviews

  5. Regulatory focus 

    • Europe 
    • The Americas, including Canada and Brazil 
    • Asia Pacific  
    Sok-Han Ng Sok-Han Ng
    Senior Regulatory and Compliance Analyst, Enhesa Product
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    and co-presenter

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    PFAS in your operations: key considerations and legislative updates for manufacturers

    • Emissions pathways 
    • EU and US regulatory insights 
    • Industry considerations 
    Kamelija Milosev Kamelija Milosev
    Subject Matter Expert - Chemicals, Enhesa
  8. Challenges with the UPFAS restriction from the automotive sector

    • Context and regulation schedule 
    • European automotive industry response to the public consultation: Impacts of the derogations, requested timings from the automobile industry  
    • Resilience approach: Start preparing right now with the whole supply chain and identify where PFAS are 
    Philippe Rolland Philippe Rolland
    Representative, European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA)
  9. Q&A and panel

  10. Refreshment break

  11. Session 2: Recent European developments
  12. Best available techniques reference documents: their contribution on the use/emissions of less hazardous substances, PFAS as a case example

    • General procedure to derive best available techniques for associated emission levels
    • Work program
    • Case example of PFAS in different industrial sectors 
    Simón Gutiérrez Alonso Simón Gutiérrez Alonso
    Scientific Officer, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
  13. EU updates: The bridge between the universal restriction proposal and solution providers

    • Policy developments 
    • What companies are doing? 
    • Where they are struggling? 
    • Emerging solutions 
    Sidsel Dyekjær Sidsel Dyekjær
    Chemicals Policy Adviser, ChemSec
  14. Challenges and opportunities for the electro and digital industry in responding to PFAS regulations

    • At a glance… 
    • The German electro and digital industry association (ZVEI) assessment of the UPFAS restriction proposal and key demands 
    • PFAS and other chemicals in the electro and digital industry
      • challenges
      • opportunities 
    • PFAS-containing technologies for the EU's path to a climate-neutral society based on the European Green Deal, by ZVEI, VDA and VDMA 
    • Selected examples of PFAS applications in the electro and digital industry 
    Kirsten Metz Kirsten Metz
    Senior Manager Chemicals and Environmental Policy, German Electro and Digital Industry Association (ZVEI)
  15. Q&A and panel

  16. Lunch

  17. Enhesa Product service presentation and platform demo

  18. Session 3: Key debates at the science-policy interface
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    Moderator

    Julia John Julia John
    North America Desk Editor, Chemical Watch News & Insight
  20. Should regulators differentiate between fluoropolymers and other PFAS?

    • What is a PFAS/fluoropolymer?  
    • What are the sources?   
    • Health effects – animals and people 
    • Remediation   
    Linda Birnbaum Linda Birnbaum
    Scientist Emeritus and Former Director; Scholar in Residence, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and National Toxicology Program (NTP); Duke University
  21. PFAS in drinking water: Challenges and opportunities

    • Overview of PFAS contamination of drinking water sources
    • Current approaches to the management of PFAS contamination by water utilities
    • Challenges to investment and funding for water treatment infrastructure  
    Stephanie Metzger Stephanie Metzger
    Policy Adviser, Sustainable Chemicals, Royal Society of Chemistry
  22. Evidence of why a class-based approach must be used to restrict PFAS globally

    • PFAS are released at all stages of the lifecycle of PFAS-containing products
    • Case study: PFAS in the textile lifecycle  
    • PFAS listed under the Stockholm Convention and new PFAS detected in studies
    • Need for compliance and prevention of regrettable substitution
    Sara Brosché Sara Brosché
    Science Adviser, International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN)
  23. The listing of a PFAS category under the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA)

    • Summary of the science we reviewed to justify a category
    • What we have learned from early filers
    • How we connect filers to research resources for alternatives
    • Overall lessons learned from this policy action
    Heather Tenney Heather Tenney
    TURA Program Manager, Toxics Use Reduction Institute
  24. Q&A and panel

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    Alternatives panel moderator

    Martin Mulvihill Martin Mulvihill
    Co-Founder, Safer Made
  26. Alternatives panel: How to accelerate the transition to PFAS free chemistry in sectors where it’s harder to substitute

    • Who do you need at the table to develop PFAS alternatives in your sector? 
    • What were the performance characteristics of the PFAS to be substituted? 
    • What key milestones must you achieve to support the adoption of your PFAS-free technology?  
    • What sort of support capital, regulatory, industry would you need to see a full transition away from the current PFAS chemistry? 

    Panelists:

    Benjamin Britton Benjamin Britton
    Founder & CTO, Ionomr Innovations Inc.
    Christopher Christuk Christopher Christuk
    President, Transene Company Inc.
  27. Refreshment break

  28. Session 4: Recent North American developments
  29. Recent PFAS-related activities under TSCA and EPA updates on newly issued PFAS test orders

    • Background information 
    • Agency-level accomplishments 
    • Definition 
    • Rulemaking and related regulatory activities 
    • National testing strategy 
    • Packaging issues 
    Jeffrey L Dawson Jeffrey L Dawson
    Senior Science Adviser, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), US EPA
  30. State level developments in Washington: Cycle 1.5 updates

    • Pollution prevention and PFAS 
    • Regulatory programs for PFAS in consumer products in Washington
    • Current regulations on PFAS in consumer products in Washington
    • Future actions and how to stay informed 
    Marissa Smith Marissa Smith
    Senior Regulatory Toxicologist, Washington State Department of Ecology
  31. State-level developments in Minnesota: Amara’s law

    •  Minnesota is prioritising PFAS pollution prevention 
    • Amara’s law phases out avoidable PFAS use in the state by 2032 
    • Implementation will include rulemakings with important opportunities for public comment 
    Kirk Koudelka Kirk Koudelka
    Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  32. PFAS: Regulatory update in Canada

    • How PFAS are defined 
    • Issues surrounding the substances
    • Status of the regulations in Canada 
    Dan Bastien Dan Bastien
    Senior Director and Head of Chemicals, Intertek, Canada
  33. Q&A and panel

    Joined by 

    Ryan Schmit Ryan Schmit
    Senior Advisor, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, United States Environmental Protection Agency
  34. End of conference