Environment Agency Austria and PlasticsEurope: European Symposium on the Precautionary Principle

Public administration, industry associations and public affairs managers from the 28 EU member states meet in Vienna on 14/15 Nov. discussing the very basics of regulation: The Precautionary Principle. The event is a co-operation of PlasticsEurope Austria and EAA—Environment Agency Austria (Umweltbundesamt). Location: MQ Vienna, Confer­ence Language: English. 

The Vienna symposium offers first-hand information and ample opportunities for discussion and personal contacts with the main personalities from the European risk community. Industry and public administration, Brussels and member states…tout le monde will be there.

Speakers will not so much go into scientific data or fight for specific positions. The actual goal is to identify common grounds and common values that both industry and regulators can share. 

Three groups of topics will be discussed: 
  1. EU-Regulations – obstacle or asset in a global market?
    Can regulation be an incentive for innovation or will industry suffer from elevated cost leading to reduced competitiveness in a global market place? How do MEPs see the situation, what is the message from OECD and the comments from U.S. industry

  2. Endocrine Disruption – applying new scientific concepts still under dispute?
    The topic of endocrine active substances is in the center of controversy and in the focus of media as well as politics. There are only a few fields where scientists so fundamentally disagree. Consequently ED is the show case of applying the precautionary principle as a transparent methodology to manage uncertainty.

  3. The SVHC Roadmap – managing risk, walking the road with confidence.
    REACH will continuously develop and address new issues. ECHA‘s SVHC Roadmap 2020 presents a guideline for regulators and industry in order to cope with the challenges to expect – such as legacy additives or other concerns that CMR. 

Among others speakers will be: 
  • Bjorn Hansen, DG Environment, Head of Chemicals, Biocides and Nanomaterials         
  • Jack de Bruijn, ECHA, Director of Risk Management 
  • Hans Bruyninckx, EEA, the new Executive Director of the European Environment Agency 
  • Bob Diderich, OECD, Head of Division Environment, Health and Safety 
  • Jim Willis, Secretary General of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions 
  • Marike Kolossa-Gehring, UBA, Toxicologist, Human Biomonitoring 
  • Jean Nicolas Ormsby, ANSES, Risk Assessment Department, Deputy Director
  • Michael Taylor, SPI: The (US) Plastics Industry Trade Association
  • Jörg Leichtfried, MEP, Monitoring Rapporteur for the negotiations on US/EU Free Trade Agreement in the EU parliament
Representatives of industry will equally contribute and reflect the chemicals and plastic producers’ views: Cefic, PlasticsEurope, VinylPlus, ECPI, BASF, Bayer MaterialScience etc.  

Senior editors from Chemical Watch—global risk and regulation news—will provide expert moderation and lead through panel and public discussions.

In a nutshell, the Vienna symposium will provided answers to the all-important question: HOW DO THE OTHERS TICK—AND WHY?

Consequently „networking" is an integral part of the event—and is more than just sharing dinner in the Vienna Museum of Art History.

For more details on the symposium, hotels and registration go to http://www.plasticseurope.org/plastics-and-the-precautionary-principle.aspx

Participation is € 600.­­– incl. Networking dinner. Registrants from PlasticsEurope member companies as well as VinyPlus partners enjoy a discount of 33.3 %, i.e. their price is € 400.–, public officers and media only pay a nominal fee of 70.– 
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