The conference focused on the following topics:

  1. Update on the EU Guidance on Efficacy and challenges in the efficacy testing
  2. Annex VIII implementation and ECHA IT submission tools (including Unique formula identifier)
  3. Experience gained  so far with authorization / renewal  of biocidal products, in situ cases and ED
  4. Legal Aspects, data sharing

 Angelo by Vienna House Prague
Radlická 3216/1g
15000 Prague 5
Czech Republic

Dr. Edmund Plattner
Dr. Edmund Plattner
Independent consultant, Austria
Dr Edmund Plattner has graduated in Chemistry (Technical University, Vienna, AT) and in Toxicology (University of Surrey, Guildford, UK). He started to work for five years at the Austrian Federal Institute for Food Control and Food Research in Vienna, and switched then to the Austrian Ministry for Health working there for more than 15 years …
Dr. Vera Ritz
Dr. Vera Ritz
German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment
Working at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment since 2006 Vera Ritz is head of the Unit ‘Steering and Overall Assessment Biocides’ in the Department ‘Pesticides Safety’.  Her expertise is especially in the field of toxicological evaluation of biocides and plant protection products as a European Registered Toxicologist. She is a member of different …
Dr. Andrea Zikova
Dr. Andrea Zikova
German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment
Dr. Andrea Zikova studied environmental sciences at Mendel University in Brno (Czech Republic). After receiving Ph.D. in aquatic ecotoxicology she got a post doc scholarship by Alexander von Humboldt foundation to continue research concerning endocrine disruptors in aquatic vertebrates and moved to Germany. In 2017 she started to work as a scientific employee at German …
Maria Luisa González Márquez
Maria Luisa González Márquez
Ministry of Health, Spain
Maria Luisa González Márquez  has a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy by Complutense University of Madrid, specialty Biochemistry. Master’s degree in Toxicology, and Master’s degree in Methodology for Research in Health Sciences. She joined the Spanish Ministry of Health in 2007, where she has worked in the areas of biocides and plant protection products. She is …
Rafael Gozalbes
Rafael Gozalbes
ProtoQSAR SL, Spain
Rafael Gozalbes has a PhD in Pharmacy (University of Valencia, Spain), and after a post-doctoral position in CNRS and the Faculté de Médecine (University Paris VII) he has developed his career in the application of computational approaches in drug discovery, both in the academic and industrial sides. In 2012 he founded ProtoQSAR SL, a computational …
Maria Amon
Maria Amon
Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism, Austria
Maria Amon has worked since 1992 as a legal expert for the Austrian Federal Ministry and since 2014 for the Austrian Biocidal Authority. She is responsible for CA meetings, all legal matters, presubmission meetings and fees. She lives in Vienna.
Peter Kugel
Peter Kugel
VVGB Advocaten Brussels
Peter Kugel is a partner at VVGB and heads the firm’s Environmental, Health & Safety Risk Regulation Practice. He has a broad EU and (trans) national regulatory and litigation experience. Peter is a specialist in the area of market access requirements concerning chemicals at large and biocides and plant protection products in particular. He advises …
Saulius MAJUS
Saulius MAJUS
Lithuanian National Public Health Centre
Saulius Majus graduated at the Faculty of Medicine of Vilnius University in 1987. Between 1987 and  2002 Saulius has worked in the Toxicology Laboratory. Since 2002 is active as Head of the division dealing with biocidal and cosmetic products and poisonous substances. He is representing Lithuania in the EU Council working and Commission expert groups …
Dr. John Harrison
Dr. John Harrison
Syngenta Professional Solutions, Switzerland
Dr. John Harrison has worked extensively in the biocides Regulatory sector in the EU. After graduating from the University of Oxford University, he completed a PhD in glaciology, climatology, hydro- and geo-chemistry at the University of Salford in Manchester. Between 2003 and 2008 John was involved in assessment and regulation of pesticides within DAFM. Within …
Dr. Lonne Gerritsen
Dr. Lonne Gerritsen
Knoell Netherlands
Dr. Lonne Gerritsen has a background in plant protection research. From 2007 till 2018 she worked for the Dutch competent authority, Ctgb, as an efficacy expert for biocides. She was a member of the ECHA BPR Working Group on efficacy and was involved in the preparation of efficacy guidance over the years. In 2018 she …
Kristine Krafte
Kristine Krafte
Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre
After graduating from the University of Latia, Faculty of Chemistry Kristine Krafte completed a Master degree in Natural Sciences Chemistry. Currently she is active as Chemist at the Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology centre in the Division of Chemical and Hazardous Waste. She is Competent Authority representative of Latvia in BPR matters and is attending CA …
Daniele Ape
Daniele Ape
Scientific Officer – Dissemination and Processing Unit, ECHA
Daniele Ape Master Degree in Environmental Science Daniel worked on regulatory compliance in private sector before moving to the EU institution. He has 10 years of experience in implementation of EU chemicals legislation with ECHA where he was involved in different areas of REACH, CLP and Biocides Regulations, spanning from more scientific (chemical safety assessment, …
Katarzyna Szymankiewicz
Katarzyna Szymankiewicz
ECHA, Unit D2 – Biocidal Products
Katarzyna Szymankiewicz has been working for several years in the Polish Competent Authority for Biocides. During this time she cooperated with EU experts in developing rules for European registration and authorization procedures, represented Poland in Competent Authority and Coordination Group meetings and during Polish Presidency participated in the Working Party in the Environment meetings working …

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