CEA has proposed a session for SETAC Europe in May 2021 and we invite you to submit abstracts

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CEA has proposed a session for SETAC Europe in May 2021 and we invite you to submit abstracts

The call for abstracts for SETAC Europe 2021 has now begun, as announced on the SETAC Europe 2021 website.

CEA will be co-chairing a session at the conference next year, on the following topic:

Session 6.09: The Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) - latest guidance developments and related progress in regulatory risk assessment practices

Co-chairs: Fabienne Ericher (CEA) and Apostolos Koutsaftis (ERM)

This session aims to provide an overview of the state of the art in the regulatory environmental risk assessment (ERA) of biocides with a specific focus on the impact of recent guidance developments. The session will aspire to provide a platform for Biocides stakeholders to meet, present their work, discuss and drive progress on current hot topics. Scientists from academia, regulatory bodies and industry are invited to present their experiences with and reflections on the regulatory assessment procedures, their research (effects, fate, exposure, monitoring), improvement proposals and to discuss possible challenges, knowledge gaps or needs for further developments in the regulatory context. Currently emerging topics to be discussed may include (but are not limited to): – Endocrine disruption: In accordance with the updated EU Regulation 2017/2100 which came into force on the 7th June 2018, an assessment of the endocrine disruption potential of active substances and co-formulants is required. Reflections, practical examples and feedback on the ED assessment process for biocides) are invited as part of this session. In addition, as the Regulation allows for a risk assessment derogation only for biocides, applicants are invited to share their thoughts, examples and concerns. – Impact on the marine environment: Presentation on challenges with relation to biocidal products resulting in slow continuous releases to the marine environment (e.g. Marine antifouling products), point-source releases (e.g. PT3 scenario for disinfection in aquaculture) and risk assessment approaches – use of MAMPEC as a modelling solution and new regional EU scenarios, developments in leaching rate calculations and testing – are particularly encouraged. – Emergency responses for the supply of hand sanitizers (PT 2) and hard surface disinfectants (PT 2): In the context of the public health crisis emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic, each member state has used Article 55(1) of the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) to allow time-limited derogations to fulfil the massive demand for hand sanitizers and surface disinfectants. Feedback on stakeholder’s experiences and reflections on the implications of these exceptional measures are invited. – Risk to pollinators: Potential feedback on the development of the ECHA guidance for the assessment of the risks to arthropod pollinators (including bees) and practical examples are invited. – Design of new Emission Scenarios: The variety of biocidal uses means that while some products are not yet covered at all by a standardised EU scenario, for others a lower-tier scenario is available and a range of higher-tier approaches may be needed in order to achieve regulatory approval. Presentations are encouraged on new emission scenario design and how the inclusion of increased realism in risk assessments may be balanced against the already high regulatory workload.


We encourage you to submit an abstract – without enough abstracts, the sessions won’t go ahead!

The deadline for abstract submission is Wednesday 2nd December 2020, 23:59 CET.

If you have questions about any of these sessions, please feel free to contact us.


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