Polymers: Global Product Stewardship Approaches

Jessie Kneeland, Ph.D. Moderator
Cambridge, MA 
United States of America
Jessie Kneeland, Ph.D. Presenter
Cambridge, MA 
United States of America
Dr. Günther Becker, Ph.D. Co-Presenter
Monheim am Rhein, AK 
Jiaru Zhang Co-Presenter
Cambridge, MA 
Wed, 9/11: 9:30 AM  - 10:30 AM 
Standard Session 
Greater Columbus Convention Center 
Room: A 211, A 212 


Many countries around the world offer exemptions or reduced regulatory requirements for polymers, since at high molecular weight they are not expected to be as bioavailable as other chemicals. However, this means that many polymers have not been tested or assessed as carefully as other chemicals.

In this session, we provide an overview of polymer stewardship in a global context, from regulatory requirements to hazard and risk assessment, as well as an update on emerging topics in polymer environmental impacts such as microplastics and recycling.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, attendees will:
• Identify polymer regulatory requirements, including polymer exemptions and new polymer registrations, in key global markets
• Practice skills to assess polymer safety, particularly with limited toxicity and exposure data
• Recall the latest environmental and health concerns about polymers, such as microplastics in the environment and polymer recycling (e.g., PET bottle recycling) 

Learning/Experience Level



Emerging Chemical Regulatory Issues/Global Regulations