20th International Akademie Fresenius Conference "The Biocidal Products Regulation" +++ONLINE CONFERENCE+++

21 Jun - 22 Jun 2021, Online Conference | Die Akademie Fresenius GmbH

20th 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
  • EU Green Deal and what it means for the biocides industry


  • Update from HSE on new regulatory positions, establishment rules and practical arrangements
  • Legal challenges: tips, tricks and pitfalls

Biocidal Product Families

  • German BAuA on their handling of applications
  • Experience from the industry and consulting sector
  • Latest development of efficacy guidance for disinfectants

Endocrine Disruptors

  • ECHA on their experience with ED assessments for actives and non-actives in biocidal products and crosstalk with REACH
  • The path forward – an industry perspective

Product Authorisation and Renewal Processes

  • New developments concerning national authorisation procedures
  • Preparation of applications – previous considerations in 2021

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

Who should attend this conference?

Professionals working in the fields 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.

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Monday, 21 June 2021

Morning Session 10:00 – 13:00 CEST

Welcome address by Akademie Fresenius and introduction by the Chairs

Michael Werner, Prosacon, Germany

Hannah Widemann, Steptoe & Johnson, Belgium

Regulatory Aspects

Updates from the EU Commission

  • COVID-19: impact on biocides
  • Risk mitigation measures for biocidal products and treated articles
  • Renewal of anticoagulant rodenticides
  • Biocidal products potentially hazardous to bees: warning sentence
  • Technical assistance to Member States

Marta Cainzos Garcia, European Commission, Belgium

ECHA’s current activities regarding biocides

  • Update on guidance
  • Review programme – progress and active substance action plan
  • Updates on IT tools
  • Concluding remarks

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

Biocides legislation: status and challenges from the industry point of view

Camelia Mihai, European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), Belgium

EU Green Deal – a view from biocidal industry

Evelyn Roßkamp, German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), Germany

Q&A and panel discussion

Afternoon Session 14:00 – 16:00 CEST


Regulation of biocides in UK: Great Britain and Northern Ireland

  • New regulatory positions
  • GB transitional arrangements
  • Establishment rules
  • Practical arrangements

Nicola Gregg, Health and Safety Executive (HSE), United Kingdom

Brexit: first experiences – tips, tricks and pitfalls

  • Data sharing
  • Transitional arrangements
  • Consortia & Task Forces
  • Regulatory divergence

Darren Abrahams, Steptoe & Johnson, Belgium

Hannah Widemann, Steptoe & Johnson, Belgium

Q&A and panel discussion

Product Authorisation and Renewal Processes

  • Product authorisation and renewal processes – consultancy view
  • New developments concerning national authorisation procedures
  • Preparation of applications – previous considerations in 2021
  • Renewals – experiences so far

Eulàlia Fàbregas, knoell Germany, Germany


Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Morning Session 10:00 – 13:00 CEST

Biocidal Product Families

Differences between BPF core and single BP assessment

  • How the German Competent Authority is handling BPF applications now
  • Workflow and basic principle behind
  • Misunderstandings, pitfalls and aha effects

Thilo Walther, Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), Germany

Biocidal product families – industry view

Tine Lykke Thomsen, Novadan, Denmark

Biocidal product families – consultancy view

  • Interpretation of similarity criteria between authorities: challenges in efficacy and risk assessment sections
  • Acceptance of risk assessment approaches during active substance approval/BPC WG discussions
  • Importance of communication with authorities: pre-submission meeting, communication during dossier preparation and defence
  • Union authorisations: actions for UK

Michael Werner, Prosacon, Germany

Latest development of guidance for biocidal product families

  • New notes for guidance: efficacy guidance for disinfectants in a BPF status and splitting of application of BPFs
  • Status, discussion and expected issues

Nathalie Hanon, A.I.S.E. International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products, Belgium

Q&A and panel discussion

Afternoon Session 14:00 – 16:15 CEST

Endocrine Disruptors

Endocrine disruptors: the path forward – an industry perspective

  • Need for balanced communication
  • Chemical sustainability strategy, substitution and regulations – strengths and weaknesses
  • Importance of robust weight of evidence assessments
  • Path forward

Nigel Sarginson, ExxonMobil, Belgium

Experience with ED assessments for active substances and biocidal products
Bridging Biocides with REACH

  • ED assessment for active substances
  • Consequences for active substances
  • ED assessment for products
  • Bridging with REACH

Gesine Müller, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Finland

Experience with ED assessments – consultancy view

  • Experience with the ECHA/EFSA guidance for identification of endocrine disrupting substances for biocides
  • Risk versus hazard assessment
  • ED assessment of co-formulants under the BPR

Anette Thiel, SCC, Germany

Q&A and panel discussion

In situ generated active substances and systems under the BPR

Practical aspects during the analysis of precursors and in situ generated active substances – industry view

  • Quality of precursor sources: impact on biocidal product dossier
  • Analytical challenges and interferences

Tamara Schmidt, Chemische Fabrik Kreussler & Co.







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 defence 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.

Cainzos Garcia

Marta Cainzos Garcia

European Commission, Belgium

Marta Cainzos Garcia has been working in Unit E4-Pesticides and Biocides in the European Commission´s Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) since 2019. Before joining the Commission, she worked as civil servant at the Spanish Ministry of Food, Fisheries and Agriculture and as Seconded National Expert in the European Commission, in the fields of animal health, import controls of products of animal origin and live animals and in agricultural markets.

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.


Eulàlia Fàbregas

knoell Germany

Eulàlia Fàbregas has worked in the biocides regulatory affairs field for over 15 years. Previously, she worked at the industry as a product safety specialist. In 2005, she joined knoell Germany and since then has been contributing to the coordination and dossier preparation for many active substance approvals and biocidal product authorisations. As a project manager, she directly supports her clients and liaisons directly with the competent authorities. Utilising her expertise in regulatory affairs and knowledge on the EU BPR data requirements, Eulàlia’s main focus is on the preparation of regulatory strategies to allow for the marketing of products and meeting new regulatory challenges.


Nicola Gregg

Health and Safety Executive (HSE), United Kingdom

Nicola Gregg has almost 30 years of experience working for the UK’s Health and Safety Executive, initially employed as a toxicologist working on several national, EU and international programmes, such as National Occupational Limit Setting, EU Classification and Labelling and EU Existing Substances. Within biocides Nicola has headed up the UK’s input to active substance evaluations and has been the Head of Operational Policy for several years. A key element of her work was to represent the UK at the Biocides Competent Authority and Standing Committee meetings. Nicola is currently heavily involved in EU Exit–related matters where they impact on biocides.


Nathalie Hanon

A.I.S.E. International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products, Belgium

Nathalie Hanon has over 20 years of experience in the plant protection products business as well as 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 of the EU biocides group of CEHTRA SAS.

Lykke Thomsen

Tine Lykke Thomsen

Novadan, Denmark

Tine Lykke Thomsen has been working as Regulatory Affairs Manager and Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor at Novadan in Denmark for eleven years. She is responsible for the registration of biocides all over the world and besides that specialised in the transport of dangerous goods. Previously, she worked as Health, Safety & Environment consultant in private and public companies.


Camelia Mihai

European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), Belgium

Camelia Mihai joined the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) in 2009 and is currently Sector Group Manager of Biocides for Europe.


Gesine Müller

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Finland

Gesine Müller is a Biologist and Veterinary Surgeon, holding a PhD in toxicology. During her career she has worked for over 15 years in various regulatory sectors with a focus on regulatory toxicology and regulatory affairs. She has been working at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) since 2014 with particular attention to the biocide regulation and CLP. Gesine is currently part of the ED team in the biocide unit.


Evelyn Roßkamp

German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), Germany

Evelyn Roßkamp is a Chemist and has been responsible for the topic of biocides in the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI) for many years. She is mainly concerned with the implementation of the BPR, including the discussion of open questions on EU level and national issues.


Nigel Sarginson

ExxonMobil, Belgium

Nigel Sarginson has been working for ExxonMobil for 39 years in positions in environmental management, technology, product stewardship and toxicology. He is currently Senior Regulatory Affairs Advisor for the ExxonMobil Chemical Plasticiser and Chemical Intermediates businesses. Nigel is chair of the Cefic Sector Group European Plasticisers (formerly ECPI), and represents European Plasticisers on the Board of the VinylPlus Sustainability Initiative. Nigel was a member of the ISO standards committee responsible for developing the first ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems Standard. He is the author of the original ExxonMobil “Green Book” - A Practical Guide to Protecting Man and the Environment. Nigel was formerly chair of the European Solvents Industry Group and the American Solvents Council.


Tamara Schmidt

Chemische Fabrik Kreussler & Co.

Tamara Schmidt is a Chemical Engineer and started working at Chemische Fabrik Kreussler & Co. in 2007. Since 2018, she has been Head of Product Safety/Regulatory Affairs.


Anette Thiel

SCC, Germany

Anette Thiel is a Food Chemist and acquired her PhD in toxicology/endocrine disruption from the University of Kaiserslautern on the influence of metabolism on endocrine activity. She is Eurotox Registered Toxicologist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology. Anette has more than 15 years of experience in toxicology in industry. Before joining SCC in September 2020, she worked for DSM Nutritional Products Switzerland being responsible for ED topics. Anette chaired the ILSI Europe Task Force on New Approaches in Chemical Risk Assessments and is member of the ICCF Expert Working Group on harmonisation of genotoxicity testing for feed ingredients.


Thilo Walther

Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), Germany

Thilo Walther joined the German BAuA in 2009 after studying chemistry and obtaining his PhD at the Max-Planck Institute in Dortmund. He was member of the working party, which developed the new BPF guidance.


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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Participation Fee: € 895.00 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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