The Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection in co-operation with the Directorate-General Joint Research Centre of
the European Commission organised a Seminar on the Assessment of
Consumer Exposure to Chemicals in Consumer Products.
The one-day seminar for approx. 120 experts took place in Brussels on 29 September 2006.
The main objectives of the seminar were:
- to highlight the most relevant issues of the assessment of consumer exposure to chemicals in products as a crucial aspect of risk assessment;
- to review the need for more effective approaches in this area, in particular in relation to product safety legislation and of the forthcoming "REACH" legislation on chemical substances;
- to introduce the results of a project conducted by the JRC in order to develop a tool to assist exposure assessment, the European Information System EIS-ChemRisks, and discuss its potential as basis for a standard framework for consumer exposure modelling and assessment.
Speakers’ presentations - MORNING SESSION
Bo Oscar Jansson: Setting the scene: Assessment of consumer exposure to chemicals in products and articles: issues, challenges and needs
Carlos Rodriguez: Detergent/cleaning industry perspective: Risk Assessment of chemicals in detergents and cleaning products, present practices and needs of Industry
Edmund Vankann: Textile floor coverings - industry perspective: Risk assessment of chemicals in textile floor coverings, present practices and needs of the industry
Lea Frimann Hansen: Member State experience in the exposure assessment of chemicals in consumer products
Lesley Onyon: International developments: activities of the International Programme for Chemical Safety (IPCS) for the harmonisation of risk and exposure assessment
Michael Babich: Consumer exposure assessment: requirements, practices and developments in the US
Speakers’ presentations - AFTERNOON SESSION