Chemical Risk Symposium 2017-09-05T13:28:06+00:00

Chemicals Risk Assessment and Management in Latin America

7 September | Santa Cecilia University 

Rua Oswaldo Cruz, 277 – Boqueirão
Santos, São Paulo, Brazil 11045-907

The SETAC International Programs Committee and SETAC Latin America are co-hosting this symposium, which precedes the SETAC Latin America 12th Biennial Meeting.

The goal of the one-day symposium is to review the available chemical risk assessment and management regulations and their implementation in Latin America. We look forward to an exchange of knowledge and ideas among the leading scientists, engineers and regulators in Latin America, and the lessons learned will benefit all of us.

There are no fees associated with participation. The meeting will be held in English, and simultaneous interpretation services will be available in Spanish and Portuguese. Please join us and register online.

For questions, please contact SETAC Scientific Affairs Manager Tamar Schlekat.

Country-Specific Chemicals Assessment Frameworks

Time Topic Speakers
9:30 a.m. Introduction and Symposium Goals Karluss Thomas
SETAC International Programs Committee ChairHelena Silva de Assis
SETAC Latin America President
9:40 a.m. Chemicals Assessment in Brazil Leticia Reis de Carvalho
Director of the Department of Environmental Quality, Ministry of the Environment, Brazil
10:00 a.m. Chemicals Assessment in Argentina Julie Brodeur
National Institute of Agricultural Technology, Argentina
10:20 a.m. Chemical Assessment in Colombia Santiago J. Arango Botero
OECD Environmental Coordinator
10:40 a.m. Chemicals Assessment in Chile Cristian Enrique Brito Martinez
National Coordinator of Environmental Risk  Ministry of Environmental Science of Chile
11:00 a.m. Chemicals Assessment in Mexico Miguel Ángel Martínez Cordero
Deputy Director, National Ecology Institute of Climate Change, Mexico
11:20 a.m. Session Q&A
12:00 p.m. Lunch (provided)

Best Practices for Chemicals Risk Assessment and Management

Time Topic Speakers
1:00 p.m. Best Practices for Environmental Risk Assessment Framework

  • Approaches and Tools for Assessing Hazard
  • Approaches and Tools for Assessing Exposure
  • Risk Characterization Approaches
Patrick Guiney
SETAC World Council Past President
1:20 p.m. Best Practices and Challenges for Risk Management

  • Current Best Practices for Chemicals Management Using Risk Assessment
  • Critical Challenges for Chemicals Management Decision-Making Using Risk-Based Approaches
Pieter Booth
Principal, Ramboll Environ
1:40–2:40 p.m. Case Studies:
Each study will focus on a unique chemical class and will cover how it is assessed under a specific risk assessment approach/framework as well as how it is managed using risk assessment
(15 minutes for each case study with 5 minutes for questions)
1:40–2:00 p.m. Case Study 1: Substances of Unknown or Variable Composition, Complex Reaction Products and Biological Materials (UVCB Substances) Delina Lyon
2:00– 2:20 p.m. Case Study 2: Risk-Based Corrective Actions (RBCA). A risk management tool for the management of hazardous substances leakage. A change in the Argentine environmental legal framework. Julio Fuchs
University of Buenos Aires
2:20–2:40 p.m. Case Study 3: Management and Risk of Chemicals and Efforts to Prevent Their Use on Narcotic Drug Production in Colombia Boris Johnson-Restrepo
University of Cartagena
2:40 p.m. Best Practices Q&A
3:00 p.m. Break

Discussion of Priority Regional Needs and Opportunities for SETAC

Time Topic Speakers
3:15 p.m. Regional Priorities for Environmental Risk Assessment and Management in Latin America Jordi Pon
Latin American Chemicals Network
3:35 p.m. Break Out Sessions
(Tripartite by language)

  1. English
  2. Portuguese
  3. Spanish
Breakout Group Leaders
4:10 p.m. Break Out Sessions – Report Out and Summary Breakout Group Leaders
4:45 p.m. Opportunities for SETAC Regional Engagement

  • Training
  • Capacity Building
  • Scientific Support
Ricardo Barra
SETAC Latin America Past President
5:15 p.m. Wrap-Up and Next Steps Karluss Thomas
5:30 p.m. Adjourn