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Scientific Colloquium N°25: a coordinated approach to assess human health risks of micro-and nanoplastics
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BACKGROUND

Microplastics are small particles of plastic less than 5mm in size; nanoplastics are even smaller, ranging from 1 to 100 nanometres (N.B. 1 nanometre equals one-millionth of a millimetre).

In 2016, EFSA identified the need to generate more data on their occurrence levels in food and on their potential effects on human health following exposure. Recently, international reports on microplastics and nanoplastics have been published, yet many of the food safety aspects remain unaddressed.

Public concern about this topic is high. EFSA’s 2019 Eurobarometer on Food Safety in the EU found that microplastics in food was a topic of increasing concern among EU citizens. Therefore, EFSA is holding a scientific colloquium with the following objectives: bringing stakeholders together, understanding the current state of play and ongoing research on this topic building possible synergies.

The colloquium will take place online on 6 and 7 May 2021.

HELLE KNUTSEN
HELLE KNUTSEN Overall Chair

Dr Knutsen is Senior Scientist at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. She is toxicologist with PhD in cell and molecular... more

TOBIN ROBINSON
TOBIN ROBINSON Co Chair

Tobin Robinson is Head of EFSA’s Scientific Committee and Emerging Risks unit; the main task of the Scientific... more

BARBARA GALLANI
BARBARA GALLANI Moderator

Barbara Gallani is Head of EFSA’s Communication, Engagement and Cooperation Department. She was listed as one of the... more

ANA AFONSO
ANA AFONSO
Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) & Breakout group Rapporteur

Ana Afonso is currently a.i. Head of Unit at EFSA Genetically Modified Organisms unit. She was... more

MARCO BINAGLIA
MARCO BINAGLIA
Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) & Breakout group Rapporteur

Marco Binaglia has a Master degree in Organic Chemistry from The University of Perugia and a Specialisation... more

FRANCESCO CUBADDA
FRANCESCO CUBADDA
Speaker & Breakout group Chair

Francesco has an education in Chemistry and is a research scientist and team leader at the Italian... more

ROBERT ELLIS-HUTCHINGS
ROBERT ELLIS-HUTCHINGS
Speaker

As a Toxicologist for Dow, Dr. Ellis-Hutchings provides leadership and guidance on the health, safety, and... more

DOUGLAS GILLILAND
DOUGLAS GILLILAND
Speaker & Breakout group Chair

Dr. Douglas Gilliland received his Ph.D in applied chemistry from the University of Strathclyde in... more

TODD GOUIN
TODD GOUIN
Panellist

Dr. Gouin received a PhD specializing in the field of environmental chemistry from Trent University... more

PIETRO GIUSEPPE GUCCIARDI
PIETRO GIUSEPPE GUCCIARDI
Speaker

Pietro G. Gucciardi earned a PhD in physics from the University of Firenze after obtaining a Master in... more

RON HOOGENBOOM
RON HOOGENBOOM
Speaker, Breakout group Chair & Panellist

Ron Hoogenboom joined RIKILT in 1985 as PhD student in Toxicology. Using cultured pig hepatocytes... more

MARTA HUGAS
MARTA HUGAS
Scientific Programme Committee (SPC)

Dr Marta Hugas is serving as Chief Scientist at the European Food Safety Authority. This position... more

SEVERINE KOCH
SEVERINE KOCH
Speaker

Severine Koch is a psychologist with a research background in health psychology and consumer health... more

ALEKSANDRA LEWANDOWSKA
ALEKSANDRA LEWANDOWSKA
Scientific Programme Committee (SPC)

Aleksandra Lewandowska currently works for the Scientific Committee and Emerging Risks Unit at... more

BART KOELMANS
BART KOELMANS
Speaker & Breakout group Chair

Dr. Bart Koelmans is an environmental chemist and ecotoxicologist by training who heads the... more

KAREN MACKAY
KAREN MACKAY
Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) & Breakout group Rapporteur

Karen Mackay is a scientific officer in EFSA’s Biological Hazards and Contaminants Unit, where she... more

ANGELO MAGGIORE
ANGELO MAGGIORE
Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) & Breakout group Rapporteur

Angelo Maggiore is a marine environmental scientist. Since 2014 he has been working as Scientific Officer in... more

CLAUDIA MENZEL
CLAUDIA MENZEL
Panellist

Dr. Claudia Menzel is a post-doctoral researcher in the Environmental Psychology Group at... more

SABINE PAHL
SABINE PAHL
Speaker

Sabine Pahl is a Social Psychologist engaged in basic and applied research and her applied work focuses on... more

RUUD PETERS
RUUD PETERS
Speaker

Ruud Peters (PhD) works for Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR), Wageningen University & Research... more

ANA ELENA PRADAS DEL REAL
ANA ELENA PRADAS DEL REAL
Speaker

Ana Elena Pradas del Real obtained her Ph.D. (2013) in agricultural chemistry from the... more

SANDRA RAINIERI
SANDRA RAINIERI
Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) & Breakout group Rapporteur

Sandra Rainieri holds a MSc in Biological Sciences (University of Parma, Italy); PhD in Food... more

PETER SIMPSON
PETER SIMPSON
Speaker & Breakout group Chair

Peter Simpson is a Senior Scientific Officer at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki with... more

ANTHONY SMITH
ANTHONY SMITH
Scientific Programme Committee (SPC) & Breakout group Rapporteur

Anthony Smith currently works in the Department of Communication, Engagement and Cooperation... more

BIRGIT SOKULL-KLÜTTGEN
BIRGIT SOKULL-KLÜTTGEN
Breakout group Chair

Birgit Sokull-Klüttgen, who has a PhD in Natural Sciences (Biology), is the Deputy Head of the... more

JULIA SÜSSMANN
JULIA SÜSSMANN
Speaker

Julia Süssmann is a PhD-Student at the Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability at the... more

VEERLE VANHEUSDEN
VEERLE VANHEUSDEN
Speaker

Veerle Vanheusden holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences (medicinal chemistry) from the University of... more

DOMAGOJ VRBOS
DOMAGOJ VRBOS
Speaker

Domagoj Vrbos currently works as Team Leader for strategic communications at EFSA’s Communication... more

JANA WEISSER
JANA WEISSER
Speaker

Jana Weisser studied Pharmazeutical Bioprocess Engineering at the Technical University of Munich and... more

Programme

EFSA Scientific Colloquium N°25:
a coordinated approach to assess human health risks of micro- and nanoplastics in food

On-line, Thursday 6 and Friday 7 May 2021

  • DAY 1

    OPENING SESSION | Micro- and nanoplastics in food and feed: setting the scene
    Chair: Helle Knutsen, former chair of CONTAM Panel, member of NDA Panel (NO)
    Co-chair: Tobin Robinson, EFSA
  • 09:30 - 09:35

    Welcome and introduction to the event by the chair
  • 09:35 - 09:45

    EFSA: general welcome
    Barbara Gallani (EFSA)
  • 09:45 - 09:50

    Outline of the event
    Helle Knutsen (FHI, NO)
  • 09:50 - 10:20

    Micro- and nanoplastics and human health
    Bart Koelmans, (WUR, NL)
  • 10:20 - 10:40

    Interplay between science and society: the evolution of research, public discourse and societal concerns
    Domagoj Vrbos (EFSA) & Severine Koch (BfR, DE)
  • 10:40 - 11:00

    Regulatory needs and challenges to inform fit-for-purpose research activities on micro- and nanoplastics, including outcomes of the SAM report
    Veerle Vanheusden, (DG SANTE, EC)
  • 11:00 - 11:20

    Coffee/Tea break
  • SESSION 1 | Developments in analytical methods for micro- and nanoplastics
  • 11:20 - 11:50

    Keynote lecture: Definition of micro- and nanoplastics & analytical challenges
    Douglas Gilliland, (JRC, EC)
  • 11:50 - 12:10

    Evaluation and optimization of extraction methods suitable for the analysis of microplastic particles occurring in the edible part of seafood
    Julia Süssmann (MRI, DE)
  • 12:10 - 12:30

    Raman Tweezers for Small Microplastics and Nanoplastics Identification in liquids
    Pietro Giuseppe Gucciardi (CNR, IT)
  • 12:30 - 14:00

    Lunch
  • SESSION 2 | Developments in exposure of humans to micro- and nanoplastics
  • 14:00 - 14:25

    Keynote lecture: Human exposure to micro- and nanoplastics: what drives citizens’ concerns?
    Sabine Pahl, (University of Vienna, AT)
  • 14:25 - 14:50

    Keynote lecture: Exposure to micro- and nanoplastics via food and feed
    Francesco Cubadda, (ISS, IT)
  • 14:50 - 15:10

    Assessment of interactions of nanoplastics and wheat using Pd-doped plastics: first insights on potential uptake and impacts
    Ana Elena Pradas del Real (University Madrid, ES)
  • 15:10 - 15:30

    Entry of microplastics into packed food and beverages – the example of bottled mineral water
    Jana Weisser (TUM, DE)
  • 15:30 - 15:50

    Coffee/Tea break
  • SESSION 3 | Developments in hazard identification and characterisation for micro- and nanoplastics
  • 15:50 - 16:20

    Keynote lecture: Hazard identification and Risk characterization – micro and nano plastics in food and feed
    Ron Hoogenboom (WUR, NL)
  • 16:20 - 16:40

    Screening & Prioritization of Nano- and Microplastic Particle Toxicity Studies for Evaluating Human Health Risks
    Robert Ellis-Hutchings (DOW, US)
  • 16:40 - 17:00

    Human risks of microplastic associated chemicals
    Ruud Peters (WUR, NL)
  • 17:00 - 17:10

    Introduction to the Breakout Groups
    Angelo Maggiore (EFSA)
  • DAY 2

    SESSION 4 | Breakout sessions
  • 09:00 - 10:30

    Breakout groups
    1. Developments in analytical methods for micro- and nanoplastics
      Chair: Peter Simpson
      Rapporteur: Ana Afonso
    2. Developments in analytical methods for micro- and nanoplastics
      Chair: Douglas Gilliland
      Rapporteur: Tony Smith
    3. Developments in exposure of humans to micro- and nanoplastics
      Chair: Francesco Cubadda
      Rapporteur: Angelo Maggiore
    4. Developments in exposure of humans to micro- and nanoplastics
      Chair: Birgit Sokull-Kluettgen
      Rapporteur: Karen Mackay
    5. Developments in hazard identification and characterisation for micro- and nanoplastics
      Chair: Ron Hoogenboom
      Rapporteur: Marco Binaglia
    6. Developments in hazard identification and characterisation for micro- and nanoplastics
      Chair: Bart Koelmans
      Rapporteur: Sandra Rainieri
  • 10:30 - 10:50

    Coffee/Tea break
  • 10:50 - 11:20

    Flash reports from each breakout group (5 mins each)
    Breakout groups rapporteurs
  • 11:20 - 12:00

    Plenary discussion
    Chair
    Helle Knutsen (FHI, NO)
  • 12:00 - 12:45

    Panel discussion (Selected Speakers, Breakout Chairs, Commission, Communication expert)
    • Francesco Cubadda (ISS)
    • Douglas Gilliland (JRC)
    • Todd Gouin (WHO)
    • Ron Hoogenboom (WUR)
    • Claudia Menzel (University of Koblenz-Landau)
    • Sabine Pahl (University of Vienna)
    • Sandra Rainieri (EFSA)
    • Tobin Robinson (EFSA)
    • Veerle Vanheusden (EC, DG SANTE)
    Moderator: Barbara Gallani (EFSA)
  • 12:45 - 13:00

    Wrap-up and closure
    Chair Helle Knutsen (FHI, NO) and co-chair Tobin Robinson (EFSA)
  • Adjourn

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