Workshop on Managing Perfluorinated Chemicals and Transitioning to Safer Alternatives

Geneva, Switzerland
12-13 February, 2009

Organized by UNEP and the U.S. Government (U.S. EPA)

 

Final report of the Workshop: Articles Workshop info note

Final list of participants: Articles Workshop info note


To (rescheduled) Meeting Documents / Presentations
PARTICIPANTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO BRING COPIES OF THE PRESENTATIONS WITH THEM TO GENEVA. PRINTED COPIES WILL NOT BE PROVIDED AT THE MEETING.
WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS IS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT THE VENUE.
Participants are also encouraged to review the questions found below in the thought starter document and to consider their input for the break-out sessions prior to arrival.

The worldwide presence of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), combined with their persistence, toxicity, and bioaccumulative potential, makes these chemicals a particular concern.

 

The workshop on PFCs would be very timely in providing countries with the opportunity to review PFC developments since the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Workshop on Perfluorocarboxylic Acids (PFCAs) and Precursors in 2006, especially as they relate to risk reduction programs.  This U.S. workshop is a follow-up to the recommendations from the 2006 OECD Workshop, which will explore opportunities for managing PFCs and making a transition from PFOS, PFOA, PFOS and PFOA precursors, and related higher homologue chemicals to safer alternatives. 

 

As some companies and countries start phasing out PFOA, PFOA precursors, and higher homologues, these chemicals, many of which have potential for long-range transport, may continue to be manufactured in other countries by other companies. To mitigate and sufficiently address the risks posed by this emerging policy issue and these chemicals, cooperative action by means of appropriate mechanisms to facilitate PFC reductions and development of safer alternatives is warranted. By working together, countries can achieve significant reductions in exposure to PFOA and other PFCs internationally.


Objectives of the workshop:

 

  1. Examine the situation and work-to-date on PFCs internationally.
  2. Present values embodied in transitioning from PFOS, PFOA, PFOS and PFOA precursors, and higher homologues to safer alternatives.
  3. Showcase a few exemplary government mechanisms and options to reduce risk and manage PFCs.
  4. Showcase a few exemplary industry mechanisms and options to reduce risk and manage PFCs.
  5. Explore additional government and industry mechanisms and options to reduce risk and manage PFCs.
  6. Initiate a dialogue on how to make a global transition from PFOS, PFOA, PFOS & PFOA precursors, and higher homologues to safer alternatives (e.g., international stewardship program; country stewardship programs; government and industry collaborations; partnerships; incentives; information exchange; other government and industry commitments).
  7. Identify next steps that could contribute to discussions at the Second International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM2) in May 2009.

Due to financial and space limitations there will be limited places available and SAICM Regional Focal Points will be coordinating representation from countries in their respective regions. Representatives from NGOs and industry will also be invited. Due to the financial constraints the meeting is planned to take place in English only in order to allow the greatest number of participants possible.

The Managing Perfluorinated Chemicals and Transitioning to Safer Alternatives Workshop will be preceded by the:


Documents will be made available on this page as they become available, as well as links to the other events' web pages


Documents related to the Workshop on Managing the Perfluorinated Chemicals and Transitioning to Safer Alternatives:

Draft Programme: Preliminary programme

Thought starter / Break-out session questions : Background information

Information Note: Background information

Risk Management Recommendations from the OECD Workshop on PFCAs and Precursors: Background information

The OECD Joint Meeting has declassified the "OECD Agreed Conclusions and Recommendations on PFOA". See: http://cs3-hq.oecd.org/scripts/hpv/Index2.asp?CASNUM=335671.

Venue, hotel and ground transport information:
Hotels with a negotiated reduced rate for Workshop participants: Articles Workshop info note
Geneva tourist office - hotels guide
Geneva public transport system web site
Venue information: CICG - Centre International de Conferences Geneve, plenary meets in Rooms 5 and 6

Information letter to SAICM National Focal Points: Focal Point Info letter

Registration Form: Registration Form

List of SAICM Regional Focal Points

For further information, please contact Toni Krasnic at krasnic.toni@epa.gov or John Shoaff at shoaff.john@epa.gov. 


Presentations:

Thursday, 12 February, 2009

Opening Session

Overview of PFCs: Origin, Fate, and Concerns - Scott Mabury, University of Toronto

PFOS under Stockholm Convention [TBC] - Ms. Fatoumata Ouane, Programme Officer, Secretariat for the Stockholm Convention

Implementation of Recommendations from the 2006 OECD Workshop on PFCAs and Precursors; and Overview of 2006 and 2009 OECD Surveys on PFCs - Henrik Harjula, OECD

OECD 2006 Survey on the Manufacture, Import and Use of PFOS, PFAS, PFOA, PFCA and Related Substances & Products/Mixtures containing these Substances - Kerry Nugent, NICNAS

Session 1: Country/Regional Regulatory Actions and Risk Management Activities on PFCs

US Activities on PFCs - Toni Krasnic, U.S. EPA

International Workshop on Managing Perfluorinated Chemicals and Transitioning to Safer Alternatives – Canada’s Activities on PFCs - Ruben Gandia, Health Canada and Lyne Monastesse, Environment Canada

Current Regulatory Activities on PFCs in Japan - Kunihiko Yamazaki, Japan MEP

Regulatory Actions and Risk Management Activities in Australia - Kerry Nugent, NICNAS

Regulatory Actions and Risk Management Activities on PFCs in European Union - Peter Korytar, European Commission

PFOS related actions in China - Han Wenya, MEP FECO

Friday 13 February, 2009

Session 2: What are some country stewardship activities on PFCs?

2010/15 PFOA Stewardship Program - Toni Krasnic, U.S. EPA

Canada’s Stewardship Program - Lyne Monastesse, Environment Canada

Session 3: What are companies doing to help reduce exposure to PFCs? What technology is available to reduce releases and product content? What are their costs and transferability?

PFC Exposure Reduction Activities at 3M and Dyneon LLC - Michael Santoro, 3M

DuPont Approach to PFOA Stewardship Exposure Reduction - Kathleen Shelton, DuPont

Session 4: What alternatives are available? What are their health and environmental profiles? When will they be ready for the market? How much do they cost? What are the drawbacks? What are some areas where countries could cooperate?

New Chemical Review of Alternatives for PFOA and Related Chemicals - Toni Krasnic, U.S. EPA

Activities at 3M and Dyneon LLC to Develop PFC Alternatives - Michael Santoro, 3M

DuPont Approach to PFOA Stewardship Alternative Technology - Kathleen Shelton, DuPont

PFC Activities at Asahi - Seiji Shin-ya., Asahi

Effort to reduce the Environmental Emissions of PFOA and to develop Alternative Products - Takashi Tozuka, Daikin

Session 5: What are some ways to engage other countries and companies (including other manufacturers, formulators, processors, and users of PFCs) to promote stewardship and alternatives?

Partnerships and Strategic Engagement - Brenda Koekkoek, Programme Officer, UNEP

Observations from Chemicals in Articles Workshop - Johanna Lissinger, Peitz, Sweden Ministry of Environment

Preparations for May 2009 and ICCM2 - Ms. Lesley Onyon, Programme Officer, SAICM Secretariat

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