PlasticsEurope Talks about Safety of Plastics
On November 5 and 6, 2013, the European trade association Plastics Europe hosted a public debate on the safety of plastics in Brussels, Belgium. The conference "Safety of Plastics: Let’s Talk about it!" brought together senior figures from the worlds of industry, science, civil society and politics to address concerns about the safety of plastics, along with broader questions around the application of risk regulation in Europe.
The aim of the conference was to provide a platform for different viewpoints and debate practical steps that can be taken to build consensus on these sensitive issues. It also looked to establish an open and constructive multi-stakeholder dialogue.
“The plastics industry firmly believes that scientific evidence should always be the cornerstone of risk assessment. However, there are often additional considerations at play, and simply dismissing them as unscientific does not help anybody. We need to get better at listening to the concerns of different stakeholders about our products, and this conference is an important part of that process. We are convinced that by working together, we can identify real solutions that help build trust in the regulatory process”, said Patrick Thomas, President of PlasticsEurope.
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