FEATURE PANEL SESSION: Hosted by NCEC/Ricardo
Discussion on Chemical Biodegradability and Persistence
Time & Location
Wednesday: 13.00 to 13.30, Stage 4
NCEC/RicardoCaroline Raine, Technical Director – Regulatory, National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC)
About this Session
There is growing societal concern about persistent chemicals. These are substances that are slow to degrade in the environment, leading to greater exposure of people and organisms, and accumulation that may be difficult to reverse. This issue has been highlighted by flagship issues such as plastic pollution and contamination of drinking water by per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and is translating into significant developments both in terms of policy and the market. But what does this issue mean for chemical businesses, what regulatory developments can be anticipated and how should these be responded to?
This session will provide a focused discussion on the topic of persistence. This will include the evolving policy landscape, market drivers, and practical implications of this issue for companies. ,We will pay particular focus to Europe, where the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability is introducing major policy changes such as a restriction all non-essential uses of PFAS and the introduction of a new hazard class for persistent, mobile and toxic (PMT/vPvM) substances. We will also cover how companies are already responding to these growing concerns.
Finally, we will discuss what this all means for organisations placing products on the market, and how they can prepare.
Session Host: Caroline Raine, Technical Director – Regulatory, National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC)
- Chris Hughes – Ricardo, Head of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology – National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC)
- Chris Finnegan – Unilever
- Nigel Crabtree – Biodegradation testing and Measurement Science Leader at Ashland UK