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Satellite Event - Alternative Flame Retardants: Analysis, Ocurrence and Exposure


Convener: Dr. Ethel Eljarrat, IDAEA-CSIC, Spain; Dr. Eva Brorström-Lundén, IVL Swedish Environment Research Institute, Sweden.

This Workshop will focus on Alternative Flame Retardants (FRs), including halogenated and organophosphate FRs, representing 30% and 20% by volume of the global FR production, respectively. Among the different Alternative FRs in use, several of them are high production volume chemicals. However, there is a general lack of information about their environmental fate and exposure. Such knowledge is important in determining which Alternative FRs may pose an unacceptable risk to health and the environment. The main objective of this Workshop is to compiles the existing knowledge regarding the environmental impact of Alternative Flame Retardants. For this purpose, available data on analytical methodologies, environmental occurrence, bioavailability and bioaccumulation processes, human exposure and toxicity, will be presented.


Workshop agenda

Date: 25 June 2013 (Half day) - Preliminary Program

Opening of Workshop Registration: 09:00 - 13:15.

Welcome and Presentation of the Workshop: 13:15 - 13:30.

Conveners: Ethel Eljarrat and Eva Brorström-Lundén.

Topic i) Introduction to flame retardants and their properties.

Talk 1 (13:30 - 14:00): Ake Bergman.

Abbreviation standard for organobromine, organochlorine and organophosphorus flame retardants and some characteristics of the chemicals.

Talk 2 (14:00 - 14:30): Martin Scheringer.

Persistence, long-range transport and bioaccumulation potential of emerging BFRs: comparison with classical PBDEs.

Topic ii) Analytical Strategies.

Talk 3 (14:30 - 15:00): Lourdes Ramos.

Comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography-time-of-flight mass spectrometry for the identification of organobrominated compounds in biotic samples.

Coffef-Break: 15:00 - 15:30.

Topic iii) Environmental ocurrence and biota levels.

Talk 4 (15:30 - 16:00): Eva Brorström-Lundén and Peter Haglund.

Sources, pathways and ocurrence of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polybrominated dibenzofurans (PBDFs) in Sweden.

Talk 5 (16:00 - 16:30): Enrique Barón.

Ocurrence of halogenated flame retardants in Spain.

Topic iv) Human exposure and toxicity.

Talk 6 (16:30 - 17:00): Adrian Covaci.

Indoor exposure of humans to organophosphate flame retardants.

Talk 7 (17:00 - 17:30): Cayo Corcellas.

Human exposure to halogenated norbornenes.

End of Workshop: 17:30.