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Workshop on a pragmatic approach to address the risk from combined exposure to non-intentional mixtures of chemicals – REACH as an example

Workshop venue:

Golden Tulip & Tulip Inn Leiden Centre

Schipholweg 3

2316 XB Leiden, the Netherlands

Day 1 – Open session

Aim: to understand the forcefield in which to design the eventual approach to address the risk from combined exposure to chemicals. Set-up should facilitate discussion and exchange of views and knowledge:

  1. How do you think the proposed approach in the workshop paper may work?
  2. What pro’s and con’s do you see? What are practical limitations? What are important challenges to address?
  3. What alternative methods could you think of to address the observation that the overall risk from combined exposure is higher than has been concluded acceptable for single substances?

Outcome:

  1. Insight in the basic support for the proposal
  2. Overview of main advantages and challenges to overcome
  3. Concrete suggestions how to come to a feasible approach
  4. Overview of possible alternatives to explore

Moderator: Prof. Dr. T.H.M Sijm (Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority)

Program:

10:30 – 12:00 Registration and lunch

12:00 – 12:10 Welcome and introduction Judith Elsinghorst (Director NL Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, The Netherlands)

12:10 – 12:40 Scoping our day’s discussions Dr. Fleur A. van Broekhuizen (RIVM – Bureau REACH, The Netherlands)

12:40 – 13:40 Part I. Setting the scene: What do we know and how can we proceed?

13:40 – 14:00 – BREAK (20 min)

14:00 – 14.10 Continued: Summary on how the above leads to suggest an intermediate approach applying a risk-cup philosophy to the exposure and risk assessment of all chemicals or a sub-set of chemicals under REACH.

15:10 – 15:30 BREAK (20 min, refreshments)

15:30 – 18:00 Part II. Identification of issues and possible solutions 

  • Summary of the key issues, possible approaches and concerns and possibilities as deduced from the reflections by Cefic, ChemTrust and ECHA Clarifying key challenges and possible alternative approaches.

18:00 – 18:30 End of Day 1 Wrap-up and concluding remarks, including an outlook into the future

19:30 – Social Dinner

Day 2 – Closed session

Aim: to develop a concrete strategy on how to proceed development and implementation of a pragmatic approach to address the risk from combined exposure to non-intentional mixtures of chemicals:

  1. Implications of Day-1’s outcomes
  2. How to address the main challenges
  3. Actions on possible alternative approaches
  4. REACH and other legislations
  5. Step-by-step design of the route to implementation of the eventual approach

Outcome:

  1. Chair´s conclusions
  2. Elements of a strategy to implement a practical approach to combined exposure
  3. Allocated actions

Moderator: Prof. Dr. T.H.M Sijm (Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority)

Program:

08:30 – 08:45  Start of the day

08:45 – 09:45 Evaluating and prioritizing Day 1s’ issues and possible actions:

  • Overview of the different challenges brought forward at day 1
  • What should be addressed?
  • Possible need to put priorities?

09:45 – 10:45 World Café: Further defining and detailing possible actions. How do these fit into the overall chemical work at national/EU level?

  • What is still needed to tackle the different challenges brought forward at day 1?
  • How do we get there?
  • Who is going to do what?

10:45 – 11:20 Presentation of and discussion on the outcomes from the World Café

11:20 – 11:40 BREAK (refreshments)

11:40 – 12:40 Strategy and recommendations on priorities

  • Targets, Timelines and Coordinators
  • Workshop 2

12.40 - 13.00 Summary and conclusions

13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH     – End of workshop –