What is Helsinki Chemicals Forum?

Helsinki Chemicals Forum (HCF) is an independent forum aimed at promoting chemicals safety and chemicals management globally. The conference is built around high-profile panels and keynote presentations as well as related debates. The themes for the two day seminar are selected for their global relevance and topicality by the HCF Programme Committee.

The forum is organised every year in Finland at Messukeskus Helsinki. It gathers around 200 participants from 40 different countries around the world. The conference is engaging international authorities, politicians, industry leaders, NGOs, academics, the media and specialists interested in chemicals safety issues.

Why attend to the forum?

Just ask our visitors and specialists – watch the video:

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All significant new ideas and conclusions arising from the themes covered in the forum are compiled into a Conference Report.

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The Helsinki Chemicals Forum has successfully established its place as the leading forum for promoting chemical safety and analysing different problem areas over the years. Watch the video discussing the importance of the HCF

“We consider the Helsinki Chemicals Forum a Norden star under which we flock when we need orientation on important topics with chemical safety. So it is really a corner stone in my agenda every year to meet here with all the participants when to spring comes in discussing these topics which are of importance for our public health, and our environment in Europe and the rest of the world.”

– Mr. Geert Dancet, Vice-Chairman, ECHA and a member of HCF Advisory Board


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Mr. Geert Dancet, Executive Director, ECHA


The Organisation

Helsinki Chemicals Forum is being organized by the Chemicals Forum Association in co-operation with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the European Commission, the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), the Finnish Government with partners including the City of Helsinki, the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland and the University of Helsinki.

Chemical Watch

the official media associate of Helsinki Chemicals Forum

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Helsinki Chemicals Forum Advisory Board

The HCF Advisory Board consists of high-level leaders and plays a vital role in shaping, advising and directing the strategic thinking and content behind the programme.

Advisory Board members:

Mr. Jussi Pajunen, City of Helsinki – Chairman
Mr. Geert Dancet, ECHA – Vice-Chairman
Mr. Matti Anttonen, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Mr. Pentti Kivinen, The Finnish Fair Foundation
Mrs. Jaana Antila, The Finnish Fair Corporation
Mr. Timo Leppä, Chemical Industry Federation of Finland
Prof. Markku Leskelä, Association of Finnish Chemical Societies
Mrs. Tiina Putkonen, Finnish Safety Chemicals Agency
Mr. Peter Smith, Cefic
Mr. Petteri Mäkelä, ECHA
Mrs. Hannele Pokka, Ministry of the Environment
Prof. Markku Räsänen, University of Helsinki
Mr. Tim Kasten, UNEP
Mr. Simon Upton, OECD
Mr. Kestutis Sadauskas; EU-Commission

Helsinki Chemicals Forum Programme Committee

The HCF Programme Committee consists of representatives of international chemical industry organizations and authorities. The Programme Committee is led by Mr. Hannu Vornamo, Secretary General of Helsinki Chemicals Forum.

Programme Committee members:

Mr. Erwin Annys, Director, Chemicals Policy, CEFIC, Belgium
Mr. David Azoulay, Managing Attorney, CIEL, Switzerland
Mr. Bob Diderich, Head of Division, OECD
Mr. Achim Halpaap, Head of Chemicals and Waste Branch, UNEP
Mr. Bjørn Hansen, Head of Unit, DG Environment, European Commission
Mr. Michael Lulei, Director Product Safety and Chemicals Policy, VCI
Mr. Jukka Malm, Deputy Executive Director, ECHA
Mr. Petteri Mäkelä, International Relations Officer, ECHA
Mrs. Mamta Patel, Editorial Director, Chemical Watch
Mr. Brian Richards, Executive Director, Office of Chemical Safety, Australia
Mr. Jake Sanderson, Manager, Environment Canada, Canada
Mr. Rob Visser, former Deputy Director, OECD
Mr. Michael Walls, Vice President, American Chemistry Council, USA

“The operations of the Helsinki Chemicals Forum are led by the esteemed Advisory Board. This year 2016 especially we would like to welcome its new members from the OECD, UNEP, the European Commission, CEFIC and TUKES, the Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency. We would also like to thank our supporters: the City of Helsinki, the Finnish Fair Foundation, the Finnish Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and naturally all our partners.”

– Hannu Vornamo, Secretary General and Pirre Sandström, Project Manager, Helsinki Chemicals Forum


How can we help you?

Interested in being a member of our Advisory Board or Programme Committee? Or are you looking for a partnership with HCF Association, interested in exhibiting at the congress or offering a site visit to HCF visitors? Or do you have ideas how we can further develop the forum? Please do not hesitate to contact us! Helsinki Chemicals Forum contact persons

Hannu and Pirre


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