Plasticisers Conference 2014 :: Programme
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This year's conference will be taking place at Le Chatelain Hotel Brussels 


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Day One –Tuesday 9th December 2014


08:30    Registration and refreshments


09.15    Chairman’s opening remarks

David Vink, Freelance journalist


 ADVOCACY: Global regulatory developments on plasticisers 


09:30    Regulatory landscape

  • Safe and sustainable use of plasticisers in Europe
  • Update on regulation in Europe for Plasticisers
  • ECPI communication Campaign on all Plasticisers

Stéphane Content, Sector Group Manager, ECPI


10:00   Overlapping requirements in Chemicals Legislation – from a Smart Regulation perspective

  • Smart regulation on Chemicals
  • REACH vs other EU legislation
  • REACH vs Member State legislation

Liesbeth Timmermans, Environmental Law Manager, Cefic (European Chemical Industry Council) 

10:30    Morning refreshments


11:00     General regulatory landscape impacting plasticisers and flexible PVC

  • RoHS directive
  • Endocrine disruptors
  • Non-toxic environment
  • Voluntary schemes (e.g. eco-labels)
  • TTIP negotiations linked to chemical regulations
  • Global Emerging Regulations (Korea, China, etc…)

Maggie Saykali, Advocacy Director, Petrochemistry and Plastics Additives Programme, CEFIC



11:30    California's Proposition 65 and regulatory updates from the US

  • Key points relating to the Prop 65 regulation will be covered – it is not a ban or a restriction
  • Prop 65 – is a right to know law which requires a product warning if exposure is expected to be above a “safe harbour” level
  • Examples of how to calculate exposure under Prop 65 will be provided giving the basis on how to decide whether a product warning is required
  • Other US regulatory developments (Consumer Product Safety Commission, Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Some Asia Pacific regulatory developments
  • With REACH and developments in the US and Asia Pacific it can be concluded that the regulatory paradigm is shifting – all major substances will be subject to evaluation by regulators and it is those which are found to be safe for use in major applications which should offer security for the future

Nigel J. Sarginson, Oxo Europe REACH and Product Stewardship and Regulatory Affairs Advisor, ExxonMobil Petroleum and Chemical BVBA


12:00    Question and answer session

12:30    Lunch


14:00    REACH Authorisation, SVHC Roadmap

Linda-Jean Cockcroft, Chair, DEHP Authorisation Task Force 


14:30    SIN list – the tool for downstream users

  • Launch of an update of the SIN List by Chemsec will add a number of important substances to the SIN List.
  • To facilitate avoidance of regrettable substitutions ChemSec will, at the launch, introduce a new tool connected to the SIN List; ”SINimilarity”. The tool will make it possible to find out if a substance has a similar structure to any substances already on the SIN List.
  • In 2012 a report written for the European Commission, on effects of REACH on innovation, stated that the candidate list together with the SIN List are the major drivers for innovation among the European chemical producing industry. The new update is done to further facilitate innovation.

Dr Anna Lennquist, Toxicologist, Chemsec 

15:00    VinylPlus and PVCMed boost sustainability credentials of plasticised PVC

  • A whole range of plasticisers are safely used in a wide variety of medical applications allowing society to benefit from PVC’s unique properties for patient comfort, economic affordability and hospital hygiene.
  • PVCMed, an alliance of the PVC industry chain proactively engaged in PVC and healthcare related debates.
  • Implementation of smart and sustainable management systems for medical waste – an opportunity to shed a positive light on (mainly plasticised) PVC products.
  • Synergy with the controlled loop objectives of VinylPlus -  the sustainability programme of the EU PVC industry
  • Sustainable use of additives and sustainability awareness.

Mr Ole Grondahl Hansen, Director, PVC Information Council Denmark and Project Leader, PVCMed Alliance 

15:30    Afternoon refreshments


16:00    Vinyloop and DEHP authorisation

  • Vinyloop: General Information
  • DEHP: ECHA authorization
  • Work with or without authorization ECHA in the recycling world

Francesco Tarantino, Plant manager, Vinyloop Ferrara S.p.A., Solvay


16:30    Panel discussion

Discussion with today’s speakers and audience


17:00  Networking drinks followed by dinner hosted by ECPI


Day Two – Wednesday 10th December 2014


08:30    Refreshments

09: 15    Chairman’s opening remarks

David Vink, Freelance journalist


 SCIENCE: Latest scientific developments on plasticisers 

09:30    LCA on DINP
Eckhard Heisler, Product Stewardship Advanced Intermediates, Evonik Industries

10:00    Phthalates and substitutes investigated by the German BMUB-VCI collaboration on human biomonitoring

  • Research focus on human biomonitoring for phthalates and substitutes:
  • DINCH, adipates, terephthalates, DPHP and others
  • Current state of method development, metabolism studies and population measurement

Dr Holger Koch, Scientific Head of Laboratory, Biomonitoring Centre of Toxicology, The Research Institute for Prevention and Occupational Medicine of the German Social Accident Insurance


10:30     Time trend of plasticiser exposure in Europe and the US:

  • Exposure time trends of plasticisers
  • Differences and similarities of exposure in Europe and the US
  • Influence of consumption and regulations on exposure

André Schütze, The Research Institute for Prevention and Occupational Medicine of the German Social Accident Insurance


11:00    Morning refreshments

11:30    Observational epidemiology studies on phthalates: A Systematic Review

  • Reporting Bias is a well-recognised threat to the validity of epidemiology studies
  • A project is presented to investigate the presence of Reporting Bias in phthalate epidemiology studies

Dr Gerard Swaen, Department of Complex Genetics Maastricht University

12:00    DPHP - Toxicokinetik differences between humans and rats

  • Experimental exposure of volunteers and rats with DPHP
  • Concentration-time courses of DPHP and selected metabolites in blood
  • Comparison of the internal burdens of DPHP and selected metabolites in humans and rats

PD Dr Dominik Klein, Institute of Molecular Toxicology and Pharmacology, Helmholtz Zentrum München, München      

12:30    Question and answer session


13:00    Lunch


 Flexible PVC applications and benefits of plasticisers 

14:30    Highlighting experimental evaluations of Biosuccinium™ based plasticisers

  • An introduction to Biosuccinium™ sustainable succinic acid
  • A sustainable alternative to fossil-based raw materials such as phthalic anhydride, terephthalic acid and adipic acid.
  • Identified and evaluated opportunities for Biosuccinium in plasticizers for PVC and other materials.

Lawrence Theunissen, Manager Application Development, Reverdia


15:00    Electronic applications manufacturers

Hans Wendschlag, EMEA Environmental Program Manager, Hewlett-Packard


15:30    Quantifying the benefits of flexible PVC products

  • The presentation will examine some of the main benefits of flexible PVC products as compared to rival products
  • The importance of quantifying benefits in order to facilitate favourable comparisons will be explained
  • Methods of measuring benefits for some of the main flexible PVC products will be illustrated with reference to specific examples
  • Ideas for enhancing the benefits of some flexible PVC products will be explored

Roger Mottram, Group Environmental and Regulatory Affairs Manager, INEOS ChlorVinyls


16:00    Panel discussion

Discussion with today’s speakers and audience


16:30    Close of conference 

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