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The 2nd Asian Helsinki Chemicals Forum conference (HCF) and the 12th Chemical Regulatory Annual Conference (CRAC) will be held as a merged virtual conference taking place over several weeks from 16 November till 10 December and is called the CRAC-HCF 2020 Virtual Forum. This Forum is organised by the Helsinki Chemicals Forum and REACH24H.

The HCF virtual conference scheduled from 16 till 18 November will be a high-level policy oriented debate conference with keynote speeches and panel discussions among expert speakers and audience on hot topics in chemicals regulation globally. The three topics – sound management of chemicals and waste, safer substitution and transparency & risk communication – were taken from the five topics originally scheduled for Helsinki. Senior officials from respectively UNEP, OECD and ECHA will introduce the topic of the day and moderate panels of expert speakers from Asia and the rest of the world. This year, the Helsinki HCF conference planned for 4-5 June 2020 was postponed to next year due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. So, these three hot topics will be discussed first in this virtual conference before the European HCF live conference of 27-28 April 2021 in Helsinki.

The CRAC virtual conference will take place from 23 November till 10 December 2020, covering the most relevant policy and regulatory updates and trends from mainly East Asian in areas ranging from chemicals control to pesticides and food contact materials. The different sessions will cover chemical management, environmental safety, pesticides, disinfection products, cosmetics and food contact materials in Asia, EU, USA and other major trading countries.

The CRAC-HCF 2020 Virtual Forum constitutes a unique opportunity in the difficult year 2020 for top government decision-makers, regulatory experts, business representatives, associations and the non-profit sector from East Asia, Europe, U.S. and other regions to all meet, expand their networks and join strategic debates which will shape the way forward for the chemical and related industries. Registrants will be able to follow remotely the HCF debates and CRAC expert presentations in live mode, pose questions or comments and dialogue with the HCF panel and other participants or, alternatively, afterwards watch at the time of their own choice. Note that published times of the different sessions is China Standard Time (CST). Registration is free of charge.

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