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What is HCF?

The Helsinki Chemicals Forum (HCF) is an independent non-profit forum founded by the Finnish Fair Foundation and the City of Helsinki aimed at promoting chemicals safety and chemicals management globally.

Each year the HCF conference gathers speakers and participants from around the globe to discuss hot topics on chemicals regulation from an international perspective. The conference is engaging international authorities, politicians, industry leaders, NGOs, academics, journalists and specialists in chemical safety management. In even years the conference will take place at the Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre, Finland. In odd years it will take place in Asia. The last Asian HCF conference – called Asian Chemicals Forum (ACF) – took take place in New Delhi, India in September 2023 and was organised together with Regulatory Representatives and Managers Association (RRMA) and the main sponsor Global Product Compliance Group providing chemical regulation compliance services in India and other parts of the world.

The ACF 2023 report on the debates held at the first Asian Chemicals Forum is now published. The conference was run as a hybrid event, with delegates able to attend in person or join virtually. As a result of the success of this year’s forum, it has been decided that all HCF or ACF conferences will be the hybrid format in future.

Why to attend?

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.

“It is great to continue working with chemical safety. In providing the coordination of the annual conference, I hope to benefit from my expertise and network from my years at ECHA and the European Commission. My aim is to develop the Helsinki Chemicals Forum into an even stronger and globally acknowledged chemical safety event. This is something I cannot do alone. I invite you all to bring your ideas together and spread the word about the key conference promoting chemicals safety and chemicals management globally!”

Mr. Geert Dancet, Secretary General of Helsinki Chemicals Forum

Just ask our attendees why participate in the conference

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Why travel to congresses?

“I travel a lot – for a scientist, it’s the best way to keep abreast of the field. It allows us to develop new concepts based on personal chemistry, by meeting people face to face“, says Howy Jacobs, Professor in molecular biology.

Conference reports & presentations

All significant new ideas and conclusions arising from the themes covered in the forum are compiled into a Conference Report by our media partner Enhesa (Chemical Watch News & Insight) . Links to reports:

Conference pictures

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Conference videos

HCF 2022 event video
HCF 2019 after movie

Press accreditation

If you want to accreditate as a press delegate, please contact:

Ms Anu-Eveliina Mattila
Communications Manager
+358 50 555 6183

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