CUSP workshop series on Human Risk Assessment of MNPs

Three online thematic workshops to take place in the spring of 2023; first will be on Tuesday, February 7th and focus 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 within the series will be about risk assessment frameworks on March 14th and will be organized by WG5 and PolyRisk. The third workshop, organized by WG5 and PlasticsFatE, will take place on April 21st and will focus on data and information gaps.



Interested stakeholders can use 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 policy-making, 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 of 3 on February 7, 2023 – Preliminary Agenda

9:00       Welcome and introduction to CUSP
Jane Muncke (AURORA) Steffen Foss Hansen (PlasticHeal)

I. Policy Updates

9:10        EU Regulation on micro and nanoplastics: present action, plans, and needs
Valentina Bertato and Andrej Kobe; DG Environment, European Commission

9:30       The European Environment Agency (EEA): Informing (plastic) policy through science
Tobias Nielsen; EEA

9:50       Summary and reflections
Birgit Sokull-Kluettgen; Joint Research Centre (JRC)

10:00     Q&A and discussion

10:30     Coffee break

II. Update on Risk Assessment

10:45     European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)’s ongoing and planned activities in the application of New Approach Methodologies for the risk assessment of chemical substances including those at nanoscale
Maria Chiara Astuto, Irene Cattaneo, and Antoine Keng Djien Liem; EFSA

11:05     Human exposure to nano- and microplastic particles and implications to human health
Todd Gouin; TG Environmental Research

11:25     Summary and reflections
Alba Hernández Bonilla; Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

11:35     Q&A and discussion

12:00    Lunch

III. Looking Abroad and Within

12:30     Overview of CUSP activities

  • 12.30 Steffen Foss Hansen, PlasticHeal
  • 12.40 Virissa Lenters, AURORA
  • 12.50 Rudolf Reuther, PlasticFatE
  • 13.00 Tanja Cirkovic Velickovic, IMPTOX
  • 13.10 Raymond Pieters, Polyrisk

13:30     Q&A and wrap-up

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