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Thursday 26 May 2016

8:00 Registration

8:45 Opening of the Forum

  • Jussi Pajunen, Mayor of Helsinki

9:00 Keynote: The Circular Economy: a strategic opportunity for Europe

  • Joanna Drake, Deputy Director General, DG Environment

9:20 Keynote: Lessons learned from a decade of REACH

  • Geert Dancet, Executive Director, ECHA

9:40 Keynote: Reflecting on the Future of Chemicals Management and Sustainable Chemistry: A Video Message from the UN Environment Assembly

  • Achim Halpaap, Head, Chemicals and Waste Branch, UNEP


10:30 PANEL 1: Circular Economy – Opportunities and challenges for chemicals regulation

  • Moderator: BjØrn Hansen, Head of Unit, European Commission


  • Hans Meijer, Coordinator, Ministry of Infrastucture and Environment, The Netherlands
  • Mari Puoskari, Strategy Director, Ekokem Group, Finland
  • Axel Singhofen, Adviser on Health and Environment Policy, Greens/EFA in the European Parliament
  • Peter Smith, Executive Director, CEFIC, Belgium
  • Michael Warhurst, Executive Director, CHEM Trust, UK

12:30 LUNCH

13:15 PANEL 2: Perfluorinated chemicals – A global chemicals management issue in the need
of global agreement?

  • Moderator: Eeva Leinala, Principal Administrator, OECD


  • Ronald Bock, FlouroCouncil, Risk Management, Chemours International, Switzerland
  • Ian Cousins, Professor, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Johanna Peltola-Thies, Senior Scientific Officer, ECHA
  • Lena Vierke, Scientific Officer, German Environment Agency, Germany
  • Mengjiao (Melissa) Wang, Research Scientist, Greenpeace International


15:45 PANEL 3: Global Data Sharing – How can businesses and regulators make smarter use of data already available?

  • Moderator: Andreas Herdina, Director of Cooperation, ECHA


  • Bob Diderich, Head of Division, OECD
  • Erika Kunz, Head of Global Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals, Clariant Produkte, Germany
  • Christel Musset, Director of Registration, ECHA
  • Brian Richards, Executive Director, Office of Chemical Safety, Australia
  • Jake Sandersson, Manager, Environment Canada

17:45 Concluding Remarks of the First Day

  • Jukka Malm, Deputy Executive Director, ECHA

18:00 END OF DAY 1

20:00 Dinner hosted by the City of Helsinki at the Helsinki City Hall, Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13

Bjorn_HansenPANEL 1: Circular Economy – Opportunities and challenges for chemicals regulation

A circular economy is a real challenge for legislators. It is highly relevant today – and will be even more so in the future – when the aim is to save resources and dramatically reduce the environmental load and waste volumes. A circular economy creates new flows of resources that should be able to replace virgin materials.

Moderator: BjØrn Hansen, Head of Unit, European Commission

Read the blog post by BjØrn about the panel discussion subject

Read also a blog post On the road to Circular Economy by Anu Oksanen, the Environment and PR Director at SUEZ Finland Ltd.


PANEL 2: Perfluorinated chemicals – A global chemicals management issue in the need of global agreement?

Perfluorinated chemicals is a widely used product group that has raised both questions and concerns. One peculiarity is that almost all production has shifted outside the so-called industrialised countries. At a global level, concerns are expressed over the safety of production and of the products themselves. The question is, should the drafting of a global agreement for this product group be rapidly initiated?

Moderator: Eeva Leinala, Principal Administrator, OECD

Read the blog post by Leena about the panel discussion subject



PANEL 3: Global Data Sharing – How can businesses and regulators make smarter use of data already available?

The European REACH and many other similar regulations on chemicals control have generated huge amounts of data for international authorities on the properties and effects of chemicals and chemical products. How to better understand and use that data will be the subject of our third panel. The global exploitation of data on chemicals would probably greatly improve general chemicals safety by reducing, for example, the number of and need for new heavy regulations in the so-called developing economies. Naturally, the rights of data providers must also be recognised in data sharing.

Moderator: Andreas Herdina, Director of Cooperation, ECHA

Read the blog post by Andreas about the panel discussion subject


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Friday 27 May 2016

8:30 Keynote: ARECs – The Korean REACH – A National Solution for The Control of Chemicals

  • Jee Yoon LEE, Vice Chairman, Korea Chemicals Management Association

9:00 PANEL 4: Plant Safety – Is it taking a back seat to economic pressures?

  • Moderator: Rob Visser, Member of the HCF Programme Committee


  • Peter Kearns, Principal Administrator, OECD
  • Alexandros Kiriazis, Policy Officer, European Commission
  • Sandra Averous Monnery, Programme Officer (Safer Production), UNEP
  • Christian Schaible, Policy Manager, European Environmental Bureau (EEB), Belgium
  • Kenan Stevick, President, KPS Consulting, USA


11:30 PANEL 5: How to tackle chemicals of high concern in products – The construction Sector as a case study

  • Moderator: Erwin Annys, Director Chemicals Policy, CEFIC


  • Theresa Kjell, Senior Business and Policy Advisor, ChemSec, Sweden
  • Eva-Lena Carlen-Johansson, Manager, Sustainability Programs, Skanska AB, Sweden
  • Paolo Carrer, Professor, Milan University, Italy
  • Christine Däumling, Senior Scientist, German Environment Agency, Germany
  • Stylianos Kephalopoulos, Leader of Competence Group Exposure, European Commission – Joint Research Centre

13:30 Concluding Remarks of the Second Day and Closing

  • Jukka Malm, Deputy Executive Director, ECHA

14:00 LUNCH

15:00 Offsite visit at Tukes (the Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency)

17:00 Transportation from Tukes to the Helsinki-Vantaa airport