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CUSP announces workshop series on Human Risk Assessment of MNPs


Three online thematic workshops will be taking place this Spring; the first will be on Tuesday, February 7th, focusing on regulatory insights and knowledge gaps.


As part of CUSP’s aim to investigate and discuss the applicability of existing risk assessment frameworks related to micro- and nanoplastics (MNPs), the CUSP Working Group on Risk Assessment (WG5), together with the CUSP member projects, is organizing a series of online thematic workshops in the Spring of 2023 under the theme “Human Risk assessment of Micro- and Nanoplastics (MNPs)”.

The first workshop, organized by WG5 and PlasticHeal, will focus on regulatory insights and knowledge gaps and will take place on Tuesday, February 7th, from 9:00-14:00 CET. The second workshop of the series concerns risk assessment frameworks and will take place on March 14th - organized by WG5 and PolyRisk. The third workshop, organized by WG5 and PlasticsFatE, will take place on April 21st and focus on data and information gaps.

Registration If you would like to take part, please register on the Eventbrite page to register for Workshop #1: Regulatory insights and knowledge gaps. This event is free of charge and open to all interested stakeholders including researchers, those involved in policymaking, and professionals interested in the risk assessment of MNPs. The meeting will take place virtually via Zoom, and a meeting link will be sent to you automatically upon registration. Workshop #1 Preliminary Agenda (February 7, 2023) 9.00-9:10 Steffen Foss Hansen, PlasticHeal and DTU Environment; Welcome and introduction to CUSP 9:10-9:50 Andrej Kobe, DG Environment, European Commission; TBD 9:50-10:30 Maria Chiara Astuto, Irene Cattaneo, and Antoine Keng Djien Liem, EFSA; EFSA’s ongoing and planned activities in the application of New Approach Methodologies for the risk assessment of chemical substances including those at nanoscale 10:30-10:45 Coffee break 10:45-11:25 Tobias Nielsen, EEA; The European Environment Agency: Informing (plastic) policy through science 11:25-12:00 Todd Gouin, TG Environmental Research; WHO work on dietary and inhalation exposure to nano- and microplastic particles and potential implications for human health 12:00-12:30 Lunch 12:30-13:10 Scott Coffin, California State Water Resources Control Board; TBD 13:10-14:00 Overview of CUSP activities

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