8-9 November – Workshop with EU policy makers and stakeholders on policy uptake of HBM-data, the case of phthalates and bisphenols

HBM4EU has the ambition to support EU chemicals policy with the help of human biomonitoring data. Because science not always ‘speaks for itself’, one task in HBM4EU is to organize participatory processes with policy makers, scientists and societal stakeholders in order to facilitate the uptake of research findings for policy-making.

In collaboration with the European Environment Agency, University of Antwerp co-organized a workshop on 8-9 November 2018 in Brussels, in attendance of policy-makers, industry/companies, environment and health NGOs and academic experts, on the policy uptake of HBM-data on phthalates and bisphenols.

Here you can find the programme of the noon-to-noon workshop.

 

Thursday 8 November 2018

13:30 Welcome – Greet Schoeters (VITO), co-coordinator of HBM4EU and pillar 2 leader (science-policy)
 

13:35

 

Introduction – Ilse Loots (UAntwerp), T5.5 leader

 

14:05

 

How can HBM4EU contribute to policy making on phthalates and bisphenols? Policy context, legislation in place and challenges ahead – Joana Lobo Vicente (EEA) Please click here for the EEA presentation

 

14:25

 

Currently available HBM-evidence in Europe and ongoing work in HBM4EU on phthalates, in relation to identified policy questions – Rosa Lange (UBA), chemical group leader phthalates Please click here for the UBA presentation

 

14:45

 

Currently available HBM-evidence in Europe and ongoing work in HBM4EU on bisphenols, in relation to identified policy questions – Robert Barouki (INSERM), chemical group leader bisphenols Please click here for the INSERM presentation

 

15:15

 

Strategies for health interpretation: development of health-based guidance values (HBGVs) for HBM, for individual phthalates, BPA and phthalate mixtures. In relation to other existing limit values – Eva Ougier (ANSES) and Rosa Lange (UBA), T5.2 Please click here for the ANSES/UBA presentation

 

15:50

 

Coffee break

 

16:10

 

Strategy for deriving EU-wide HBM reference values for the phthalates and bisphenols (Substances? Age groups? Geographical distribution?) – collecting existing data and new aligned studies – Greet Schoeters (VITO), WP10 leader Please click here for the VITO presentation

 

16:45

 

Linking HBM data to sources and health effects: exposure modelling, adverse outcome pathways (AOP’s), effect biomarkers – Robert Barouki (INSERM), pillar 3 leader Please click here for the INSERM presentation

 

17:20

 

Closure of the day – Ilse Loots (UAntwerp)

 

 

Friday 9 November 2018

9:30 Welcome and today’s programme – Ilse Loots, UAntwerp
 

9:45

 

Presentation of conclusions of interviews with experts, policy makers and stakeholders: current opinions and perceptions, ideas on policy options and future directions – Dries Coertjens, UAntwerp Please click here for the UA presentation

 

10:00

 

Break-out discussion groups: ‘How can HBM(4EU) inform policy making (at EU- and national level)? And how to facilitate this? Which role for HBM4EU?’

  • Group 1: HBM to support regulatory policy
  • Group 2: HBM to support non-regulatory policy options
 

11:15

 

Coffee break

 

11:45

 

Reporting on the discussions in group 1: HBM to support regulatory policy – Jos Bessems, VITO

 

12:10

 

Reporting on the discussions in group 2: HBM to support non-regulatory policy – Ann Crabbé, UAntwerp

 

12:35

 

Conclusions and way forward

 

The report on the workshop is due in February 2019. As soon as the deliverable is out, it will be published here.

For more information on the workshop, please contact Ann Crabbé (ann.crabbe@uantwerpen.be) and/or Dries Coertjens (dries.coertjens@uantwerpen.be).