The Science and Policy of Organohalogens in Consumer Products

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On August 31, 2014, before the 2014 Dioxin symposium, leading scientists shared their expertise on the science and policy of organohalogen flame retardants and fluorinated chemicals. Following these short talks, we discussed sharing this scientific information with decision makers to protect human health and the environment, and we introduced the Madrid Statement on Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs).

Location: Meliá Castilla Hotel, Calle Capitán Haya, 43, 28020 – Madrid, Spain

Schedule:

  • 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Symposium on the Science and Policy of Organohalogens in Consumer Products
  • 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Screening of Toxic Hot Seat, a documentary that exposes the campaign of deception behind the use of harmful and ineffective flame retardants in U.S. furniture.
  • 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Discussion and Q&A with Terry Edge, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK, and Arlene Blum, Green Science Policy Institute, U.S.

Speakers and topics

Linda Birnbaum, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, U.S.
TBBPA

Arlene Blum, Green Science Policy Institute, U.S.
Success Stories: Reducing the Use of Flame Retardants

Roland Weber, POPs Environmental Consulting, Germany
End-of-life Considerations for Consumer Products Containing Flame Retardants

Richard Hull, Center for Fire and Hazards Science, University of Central Lancashire, UK
Influence of Gas Phase Flame Retardants on Fire Toxicity

Terry Edge, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK
A Proposal to Change the UK Flammability Regulations that Could Reduce the Use of Flame Retardants in UK Furniture

Susan Shaw, U.S. Marine Environmental Research Institute, U.S.
Accumulation of flame retardants and perfluorinated chemicals in firefighters

Martin Scheringer, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
The Helsingör Statement on Poly- and Perfluorinated Alkyl Substances – Where Are We Going with Fluorinated Alternatives?

Dioxin 2014 Science and Policy Workshop Advisory Committee

  • Linda Birnbaum, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, U.S.
  • Arlene Blum, UC Berkeley and Green Science Policy Institute, U.S.
  • Miriam Diamond, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Gretta Goldenman, ECOSPHERE
  • Olga Kalantzi, University of the Aegean, Greece
  • Perihan Kurt, Bursa Teknik University, Turkey
  • David Mortimer, Chemical Safety Division, Food Standards Agency, UK
  • Myrto Petreas, California Department of Toxic Substances, U.S.
  • Martin Rose, Food and Environment Research Agency, UK
  • Arnold Schecter, University of Texas School of Public Health, U.S.
  • Martin Scheringer, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
  • Susan Shaw, U.S. Marine Environmental Research Institute, U.S.
  • Marta Vernier, Indiana University, U.S.
  • Roland Weber, POPs Environmental Consulting, Germany
  • Tom Webster, Boston University School of Public Health, U.S.