The final report summarizing the Thematic Conferences on Advanced Materials is now available at the UBA webpage via the following link: Thematic Conferences Advanced Materials | Umweltbundesamt
The final report describes the execution and outcomes of a series of three thematic conferences which aimed to pave the way for an international exchange on challenges of advanced materials for chemical safety and sustainability. These conferences discussed the heterogeneity of the field, possibilities to cluster the world of advanced materials but also proposals to identify those advanced materials for which a closer look is needed based on concerns regarding safety, insufficient regulation or impacts for sustainability. At the conferences, different examples of advanced materials were presented which were already identified to pose challenges to current risk assessment tools, chemical regulations or might hamper circular economy of products. In the final conferences, considerations and options for actions on advanced materials were discussed from different stakeholder perspectives. This report is closely connected to UBA TEXTE 132/2020 which provided the discussion input on approaches to describe, cluster and prioritise advanced materials to the conferences.
In addition, in a joint recommendation, three German higher federal authorities paint draw a picture of how the development of safe and sustainable novel advanced materials can be controlled and regulated. The paper deals with the aspects of risk assessment, sustainability and control with regard to good governance and outlines relevant fields of action. The document can be found here and the press release can be found here.