Polymers – Regulatory Management and Risk Assessment

The conference aims at providing those manoeuvering through the changing and increasingly complex European regulatory landscape for polymers with a supportive discussion platform and practical information. Bringing together top experts with regulatory and industry backgrounds, it will look at the regulatory challenges and the challenges of testing and assessing polymers. Speakers will come from the regulatory, industrial, and scientific communities.

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  • Update from the Commission on polymers registration under REACH
  • An industry perspective on the CSS and polymer registration
  • Risk assessment of polymers: Key issues from an industry perspective
  • An example of grouping and the different potential approaches for families
  • Availability/lack of availability of test methods for polymers with focus on analytics
  • Assessing and managing environmental hazards of polymers

Who should attend this conference?

Professionals working in the fields of:

  • Product stewardship
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Registration and authorisation
  • Ecotoxicology / Toxicology
  • Hazard, exposure and risk assessment
  • Research and development
  • Scientific advisory
  • Analytical science

Sectors that should take part:

  • Chemical industry (producers of polymers)
  • Cosmetics industry
  • Personal care industry
  • Paints, waxes and polishes industry
  • Agrochemical Industry
  • Research institutes
  • Authorities
  • Scientific consultancies
  • Professional associations

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PLEASE NOTE: The indicated times refer to Central European Time CET.

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Thursday, 23 November 2023

Morning Session | 09:20 – 12:40 CET
Welcome adress by the organisers and the Chair

Martin Klatt, BASF, Germany

The presentation slots include sufficient time for questions and answers.
Regulatory Update
Update from the Commission on Polymers registration under REACH

Katrin Schütte, European Commission, Belgium

CSS and Polymer Registration under REACH
  • CSS and Impact on Industry
  • Notification and Registration of Polymers
  • Decision Tree to assess requirement of registration

Martin Klatt, BASF, Germany

Polymer registration in the EU: An NGO perspective

Jerker Ligthart, Chemsec, Sweden

Coffee break
Cefic considerations on the REACH Restriction regarding synthetic polymer microparticles

Filipe Almeida, European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), Belgium

Risk Assessment
Risk assessment of Polymers: Key issues from an industry perspective
  • Embracing the known unknowns of complex products in the risk assessment approach
  • Handling the wide range of properties of different polymer types in hazard and fate assessment
  • Understanding the nuances of bioavailability
  • Durability versus degradability and in between

Heli Hollnagel, Dow / ECETOC, Switzerland

Lunch break

Afternoon Session | 13:30 – 15:30 CET
An example of grouping PRR and potential approaches for building families
  • Grouping concepts for Polymers in the new REACH proposal
  • Naming and identification issue
  • Grouping criteria
  • An example with a polyurethane family

Monica Locatelli, TEAM Mastery, Italy

Availability – problems – lack of availability of test methods for polymers, with some focus on analytics

David Schaffert, BASF, Germany

Academic perspectives on assessing and managing environmental risks of polymers
  • Overview of recent science on environmental fate and effects of polymers
  • Identification of critical knowledge gaps and research needs
  • Discussion of management options in the circular economy context

Ksenia Groh, Eawag – Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Switzerland

Final Discussion
End of the conference




Filipe Almeida

European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), Belgium

Ksenia Groh

Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Switzerland

Ksenia Groh has been a Group Leader in Bioanalytics at the Department of Environmental Toxicology of the Eawag - Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology since 2021. She has previously worked as Scientific Communication Officer for the Food Packaging Forum foundation and holds a PhD in molecular ecotoxicology from the University of Bern.


Heli Hollnagel

Dow Europe/ECETOC Switzerland

Heli M Hollnagel is a EUROTOX registered Toxicologist, working as Regulatory Toxicologist and EMEA Science Leader at Dow Europe. She is also the Chair of Cefic's Polymers Issue Team and Cefic's LRI Issue Team, as well as a member of the ECETOC Scientific Committee.


Martin Klatt

BASF, Germany

Martin Klatt holds a PhD in chemistry and is currently the Head of Product Stewardship Dispersions and Resins at BASF. He has been active in the fields of product stewardship and research since 1995 in various positions at BASF. Besides leading the product stewardship group of dispersions and resins Europe at BASF he represents BASF in various associations. He is currently the chairman of the EPDLA (European Polymer Dispersion and Latex Association).


Jerker Ligthart

ChemSec, Sweden

Jerker Lighthart is a Senior Chemicals Advisor for ChemSec. he holds an MSc in chemical engineering and has previously been the project manager for chemicals policy-related projects within ChemSec. Lately, he has been involved in ChemScore, a ranking of the world’s largest chemicals producers on their chemical sustainability performance from an investor’s perspective. Jerker also deeply understands chemical regulation, especially REACH, and previously represented ChemSec in the Member state committee meetings at the European Chemicals Agency. More recently, he participated in the discussions in the CARACAL subgroup CASG for polymer registration.


Monica Locatelli

TEAM mastery, Italy

Monica Locatelli is a Senior Regulatory Consultant, founder and owner of TEAM Mastery. She is listed in the National Register of Certified Toxicologists (RENTIC) and she has almost 20 years’ experience in organizing projects, contracting and monitoring toxicological studies for the registration of hundreds of chemicals under REACH Regulation, as well as the assessment of Biocidal and Pesticide Active Substances and Products.


David Schaffert

BASF, Germany

David Schaffert is Senior Manager - GLP Processes & Polymer REACh at BASF Germany. He has previously held positions as Team and Lab Leader Global Metabolism. He has an educational background in both chemistry and pharmacy.


Katrin Schütte

European Commission, Belgium

Katrin Schütte is a policy officer at the EU Commission's Directorate for the Environment, which she joined in 2014. Her responsibilities cover several aspects of REACH (mainly Registration and Evaluation); in this role she is leading the work on the definition of registration requirements for some polymers as well as the amendment of the information requirements for all REACH-substances following the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability.



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Participation Fee: € 895.00 plus VAT.

The registration fee includes the following benefits:

  • Participation in the Online Event
  • Certificate of participation
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Representatives of an authority or a public university are therefore eligible for a reduced fee of € 695.00 plus VAT per person (please provide evidence). The reduced fee cannot be combined with other rebates.

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