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Management of PFAS – latest developments

Join us for a virtual conference on risk assessment and management of on polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in soil and water.

Polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have attracted a lot of attention in the media, the construction industry, and from regulators. Some of the over 20,000 members of the PFAS family of chemicals, including Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), have been listed as ‘persistent organic pollutants’ (POPs) under the Stockholm Convention.

This conference will explore some of the issues that construction professionals have encountered in managing PFAS in soil and groundwater in the past 12 months. Leading experts will discuss the latest developments in our understanding of toxicology, fate, and transport of PFAS. They will also consider the implications of recent documents, including Regulatory management option analysis (RMOA), and how overseas experience will shape on the way that UK sites with PFAS will be managed in the future. Attendees will also hear what the Environment Agency and CIRIA have been doing, and how good practice guidance from CIRIA's forthcoming report on PFAS can will help practitioners.

Get involved in our PFAS Forum
Levels of toxic Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in some UK fish are 26 times higher than European safety standards. Join our PFAS Forum to be part of the UK's first comprehensive guidance on risk assessment and management of PFAS in soil and water. Get in contact with Joanne Kwan for details.

Sponsorship opportunities
For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tam Simmons.

Why attend


  • Hear what the Environment Agency has been doing on PFAS.
  • Explore the latest developments in our understanding of toxicology, fate, and transport of PFAS in soil.
  • Understand the challenges with the risk assessment and management of soil and water from a client’s perspective.
  • Discuss how recent PFAS guidance/documents published by HSE will affect the management of sites contaminated by PFAS.
  • Look at how the overseas experience is influencing PFAS management practice in the UK.
  • Discover how CIRIA’s forthcoming PFAS good practice guidance will help practitioners manage PFAS contamination.
  • Earn valuable CPD.
Who should attend
  • Clients
  • Developers
  • Landowners (particularly firefighting grounds and landfill sites)
  • Contractors including remediation contractors
  • Consultants
  • Regulators
  • Local authorities
10:00 Welcome and introduction
Joanne Kwan, Senior Research Manager, CIRIA
Cecilia MacLoed, Chief Scientific Office, Advanced Bacterial Sciences
10:15 An update on the Environment Agency's work in PFAS
10:35 Client perspective: PFAS
10:55 Remediation of large sites with PFAS
Niklas Torneman, Senior Project Manager & Cross Border Coordinator Manager, SWECO
11:15 Interactive discussion and Q&A
11:55 Coffee break
12:10 Managing PFAS - practical lessons for the UK from experiences in North America and Australia
Matt Logan, Technical Director, SLR Consulting
12:30 Game changers from CIRIA's forthcoming PFAS good practice guidance
Paul Nathanail, Director, LQM
12:50 An update on CIRIA's PFAS activities
Joanne Kwan, Senior Research Manager, Sustainable Land Use, CIRIA
13:10 Interactive discussion and Q&A
13:25 Closing remarks

Wednesday 8 November 2023
10:00 – 13:30


BRMF and LACL members Two free places per organisation*
£160 + VAT for each additional place**
CIRIA members £120 + VAT
Non-members £160 + VAT

* Please register online.
** Please complete and return the booking form to Charlotte Draper to register.

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CIRIA is currently unable to directly process your transaction if you are purchasing from the EU/EEA region. If you wish to book onto this event please email your request to [email protected] and we will respond in the first instance.

Further information
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Telephone: 07933 181 765
Email: [email protected]
11/8/2023 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
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