19th International Akademie Fresenius Conference "The Biocidal Products Regulation" +++ONLINE CONFERENCE+++

21 Oct - 22 Oct 2020, Online Conference | Die Akademie Fresenius GmbH

19th International Akademie Fresenius Conference "The Biocidal Products Regulation" +++ONLINE CONFERENCE+++

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For many years, the Akademie Fresenius Conference “The Biocidal Products Regulation” has been the perfect platform for bringing together the regulatory, industrial and consulting communities. With the COVID-19 crisis, it has become difficult to gather physically. However, since we all need to continue to learn from one another, we have decided to keep up our dialogue in the virtual space. We therefore cordially invite you to join this year’s Online Conference. Plenty exciting presentations are awaiting you! And they will all be accessible from the comfort of your home or your office, thus reducing travel on the one hand and increasing accessibility on the other hand. We are looking forward to meeting you!


Regulatory Aspects

  • Latest update from the EU Commission
  • ECHA’s current activities regarding biocides
  • Progress and challenges regarding the aims of the BPR
  • Latest developments of the Korea BPR

Endocrine Disruptors

  • Application regarding the ED criteria – authority and industry view 

Treated Articles

  • Methods to assess the risk of human contact with treated articles
  • Preservation of articles

Specific Regulatory Areas

  • Member state experience with in situ generated active substances
  • In situ substances in the BPR – a device manufacturer´s view
  • Industry perspective on biocidal product families
  • The Ctgb on their experience with biocidal product families

Current Legal Challenges

• New challenges of data sharing under the BPR

Receive the latest information directly from the most relevant regulatory authorities and experts from industry

Who do you meet?

You will meet authorities, such as directors, heads, managers and consultants of:

  •     Legal and regulatory affairs 
  •     Registration and authorisation 
  •     Research and development 
  •     Product safety 
  •     Product management 
  •     Regulatory science

Sectors taking part: 

  •     Chemical and biocides industry 
  •     Producers of biocidal products 
  •     Industrial, professional and downstream users of biocides  
  •     Research institutes 
  •     Regulatory authorities 
  •     Environmental and health risk consultants 
  •     Professional associations

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

For further time zones, please view here.

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

10:45 CEST - Start of the Online Conference

Welcome address by Akademie Fresenius and introduction by the Chairs

Michael Werner, Prosacon, Germany

Hannah Widemann, Steptoe & Johnson, Belgium

11:00 CEST - Regulatory Aspects

Updates from the EU Commission 

Martinus Nagtzaam, European Commission, Belgium 

ECHA’s current activities regarding biocides 

Carmen Estevan Martìnez, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Finland 

An authority perspective on the aims of the BPR

Mary Iakovidou, Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI), Sweden

Korea BPR - Implementation 

Sam Lee, Chemtopia, South Korea 

13.00 Lunch break

14:00 CEST - Specific Regulatory Areas 

“Anything that, in happening, causes something else to happen, causes something else to happen”: In situ substances in the BPR – a device manufacturer’s view 

Tatjana Röder, aquagroup, Germany 

In situ generated active substances – authority view 

Dominik Altmann, Environmental Agency Austria, Austria 

15:00 CEST - Treated Articles 

Treated Articles – efficacy to treated articles, what does this mean and how to prove it?

David Ashworth, Klarus Consulting, United Kingdom 

Treated Articles – human health risk assessment, is there a risk and how should we manage it?

Andrew Goodyear, ERM, United Kingdom 

16:00 End of the first conference day

Thursday, 22 October 2020

10:50 CEST - Start of the Second Day of the Online Conference

Opening remarks for the second conference day by the Chairs

Michael Werner, Prosacon, Germany

Hannah Widemann, Steptoe & Johnson, Belgium

11:00 CEST - Current Legal Challenges 

Data sharing under the BPR – old and new challenges 

Darren Abrahams, Steptoe & Johnson, Belgium 

Hannah Widemann, Steptoe & Johnson, Belgium 

11:30 CEST - Sustainability  

Covid-19 – Disinfectants – strategic products under exceptional challenges and regulatory procedures

Camelia Mihai, European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic)

Biocides: Part of the solution for a sustainable economy

Ian Watt, DuPont, United Kingdom

12:40 CEST - Endocrine Disruptors

Applying the ED criteria to biocides – have we lost the plot?

Andy Adams, Bayer Crop Science, France 

13:10 Lunch break

14:00 CEST - Specific Regulatory Areas 

Biocidal product families – authority view 

Marcel Hulsman, Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides (Ctgb), The Netherlands 

How to approach the new BPF concept?

Nathalie Hanon, Cehtra, Spain 

Biocidal product families – consultancy view 

Michael Werner, Prosacon, Germany 

16:00 End of the conference 







Darren Abrahams

Steptoe & Johnson, Belgium

Darren Abrahams enables clients throughout the chemicals and life sciences supply chain to get and keep their products on the European Union market. He focuses on defense of products through strategic advice, advocacy before institutions and agencies, and litigation before EU and national courts and tribunals. He has a wealth of experience with the EU regulation of biocidal products, plant protection products (agrochemicals), REACH, classification, labelling and packaging, GM food and feed, cosmetics, and endocrine disruptors. Darren is recognized Europe-wide for his Environment and Agro/Food practice by Chambers Europe, who quotes clients’ praise for his work: "he is very knowledgeable and experienced in his field - a very good communicator who is responsive and strategically savvy."


Andy Adams

Bayer Crop Science, France

Andy Adams has many years of experience working in European regulatory affairs for biocides and moved into a public and governmental affairs role at Bayer CropScience in 2014 where he is now the Global Issues Lead for Insecticides and Fungicides. With specific focus on endocrine disruptors, he currently represents Crop Life International and the ECPA as Chair of their ED Expert Groups.


Dominik Altmann

Environment Agency Austria, Austria

Dominik Altmann is Ecotoxicologist and joined the Environment Agency Austria in 2012. He is evaluating active substance approvals und product applications and has been the project manager for the approval procedure of active substances since 2013.


David Ashworth

Klarus Consulting, United Kingdom

David Ashworth is the Managing Director of Klarus Consulting, which advises the biocides and biocidal products community on building and delivering safe and effective claims. He is also Chairman of BluTest, a contract microbiology testing and development company.

Estevan Martínez

Carmen Estevan Martínez

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Finland

Carmen Estevan Martinez joined ECHA’s Biocides Assessment Unit in 2014 and is currently the Process Coordination for the active substance approval process. She has been the Chair of the ad hoc Biocidal Product Committee Working Group on the Human Exposure (HEAdhoc) since 2016.


Andrew Goodyear

ERM , United Kingdom

Andrew Goodyear has over thirty years’ experience in regulation and risk assessment of chemicals, working in industry, contract research and consultancy sectors. Andrew has concentrated on the regulation of biocides since 2007 and has a lead consulting position providing technical advice, regulatory awareness and strategy for a wide range of biocide companies supporting active substance approval and product authorisation within the EU. Andrew has a background in the environmental fate and behaviour of chemicals. Andrew lives and works in Harrogate in the UK. He has a Degree in Chemistry and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK.


Nathalie Hanon

Cehtra, Spain

Nathalie has over 20 years of experience, in the plant protection products business as well in the biocide business. Among her past activities she has led the EU Regulatory department of a major biocides production company. For more than two years, Nathalie has been appointed Manager of CEHTRA SL (Spain) and head the EU Biocides group of CEHTRA SAS (an EU/WW Regulatory compliance company).


Marcel Hulsman

Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides (Ctgb), The Netherlands


Mary Iakovidou

Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI), Sweden

Mary Iakovidou represents Sweden at the Standing Committee and Competent Authority meetings for biocides. She acted as expert adviser during the negotiation of Biocidal Products Regulation and also has recently monitored developments in chemical legislation review and forward planning on chemical policy within the EU.


Sam Lee

Chemtopia, South Korea

Sam Lee is currently working in K-BPR regulatory affairs as a Junior Consultant in Chemtopia. He participated in a project of the South Korea Ministry of Environment on the legislation of K-BPR sub regulation and K-BPR regulatory consulting support for small and middle sized enterprises.


Camelia Mihai

The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), Belgium

Martinus Nagtzaam

European Commission, Belgium


Tatjana Röder

Aquagroup, Germany

Tatjana Röder studied at the University of Regensburg (Germany) and the University of Boulder, CO (USA). After graduation (M.A.) she worked for a management consultancy company in telecommunication. Afterwards she gained expertise in customer relation management and to complete her portfolio she achieved a diploma in communications management. Tatjana has accompanied aquagroup AG from the very beginning in 2004, starting off in order processing, customer relation management and technical support. Today she is responsible for business development, IT, marketing and - last but not least - regulatory issues. Since aquagroup is specialized in building in-situ devices to generate active chlorine from sodium chloride by electrolysis, her special interests are in-situ active substances and products. She has published several articles on this topic.


Ian Watt

DuPont, United Kingdom

Ian Watt is the Global Advocacy and Government Affairs Manager for the Microbial Control business within the Nutrition and Biosciences division of DuPont. Ian has a degree in chemical engineering and a career spanning more than 25 years in biocides, comprising commercial management and regulatory and product stewardship functions. Ian is Chair of the CEFIC European Biocidal Products Forum.


Michael Werner

Prosacon, Germany

Michael Werner is a Chemist and Eurotox registered Toxicologist with an over 20 years track record in hazard, exposure and risk assessments in various regulatory areas. In his present role as Managing Director, he is responsible for strategic development with a focus on biocides. He also leads the biocides team and provides regulatory as well as scientific/technical advice to clients with a view to the development of tailor-made dossier strategies for the authorisation of biocidal products/product families.


Hannah Widemann

Steptoe & Johnson, Belgium

Hannah Widemann advises clients on EU regulatory compliance questions in the areas of chemical and product regulations, including REACH, CLP, biocides, plant protection products, and fertilizers. Her work includes product defense and litigation strategies before the European Court of Justice and the Board of Appeal of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), as well as supporting clients with (data sharing) negotiations, contracts, and potential disputes.



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Prices & Services

Participation Fee: € 795.00 plus VAT.

The registration fee includes the following benefits:

  •     Participation in the Online Conference
  •     Conference documentation (available after the conference via download from our website)
  •     Certificate of attendance

Representatives of an authority or a public university are therefore eligible for a reduced fee of € 495.00 plus VAT per person (please provide evidence). The reduced fee cannot be combined with other rebates.

Group reductions

For joint bookings received from one company we grant a 15 % discount from the third participant onwards (it doesn’t apply for representatives of an authority or a public university).

Event Documentation

Would you have liked to attend this online live conference, but cannot spare the time?

For the price of € 295.00 plus VAT you can order a complete set of event documentation. A few days after the online conference you will receive the access data for the restricted download section of our website. There you will find all the latest versions of the presentations (subject to the approval of our speakers) as pdf-files in colour and in digital form.

If you are interested, please send an e-mail to infoakademie-fresenius.de


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