Understanding Environmental Risk from Exposure to Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
This SETAC North America Focused Topic Meeting will synthesize recent advances in chemistry, environmental fate and exposure, human and ecological toxicity, and risk characterization of PFAS. The objective of the meeting is to review new and emerging information on PFASs and to formulate a roadmap for a risk assessment approach for PFAS.
The meeting will be organized around the following topics as related to PFAS:
- Environmental Sources, Chemistry, Fate and Transport
- Ecological Toxicity
- Human Toxicity
- Risk Assessment and Characterization
The four-day meeting will start with two-and-a-half days of single-track platform and poster sessions and will close with one-and-a-half days of concurrent breakout groups. Both the sessions and the breakout groups will be organized around the topics outlined above. For each topic, three experts have been identified, representing a tripartite perspective from academia, business and government, to function as both session chairs and breakout group chairs. The chairs will invite a diverse group of experts in each topic to present in sessions and to participate in the breakout groups as panelists. The diversity of invited experts will ensure balance in representation from academia, business, government, as well as representation from members from the non-profit and intergovernmental communities, and finally balance in terms of geographic representation and gender. Participants in the groups will be tasked with synthesizing the recent science in their assigned specific area as related to PFAS towards identifying a comprehensive risk assessment approach for PFAS.
The chair of the breakout groups, with assistance from the panelists and other willing participants, will be charged with coordinating contributions for publication shortly after the meeting. Publications will be in the form of peer-reviewed articles in SETAC journals as well as summary articles in relevant newsletters such as the SETAC Globe. SETAC Focus Topic Meetings, such as this, allow scientists the ability to synthesize the best available science and work towards agreement on best paths forward.
A diverse program committee has been selected for their expertise in their respective areas.