On November 9-10, 2017 the Safety and Environmental Technology Group at ETH Zurich in Switzerland hosted an international workshop to support dialogue between scientists and regulators on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). Over 45 invited participants attended the two-day event, including academic and government scientists from a wide range of fields and regulators from many countries and organizations. A number of IPCP member scientists took part.
The workshop started with presentations from participants to summarize the current state of the science and policy regarding PFASs. Group discussions then followed to identify common goals and potential cooperative actions between the science and policy sides to work towards a global effort to address PFASs over the next 5-10 years.
Generally, workshop participants welcomed the format of the workshop and appreciated the opportunity for scientists and regulators to discuss with one another in person and openly on the shared issues involved.
A document was created in advance of the workshop as a thought starter that outlines the planned discussion topics. Further information regarding its contents and purpose are included within the document itself.
The document can be downloaded here.