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Helsinki Chemicals Forum is rescheduled to 27.-28.4.2021

In this very exceptional and uncertain situation, the Chemicals Forum Association and Messukeskus have decided to rescheduled the event. The detailed opening  hours and information about entrance is to be announced.

The available HCF 2020 programme will inspire the next HCF conference and its programme will be published before year end on the webpage

Thursday 4 June 2020

8:00-9:00 Registration

9:00-10:00 Opening Ceremony


Keynote, Opening speech: Frans Timmermans, The First Vice-President of the European Commission, The European Green Deal, tbc

Keynote: Jan Vapaavuori, Lord mayor of Helsinki, Helsinki – carbon neutral by 2035

Keynote: Bjorn Hansen, Executive Director, ECHA, How a revised chemical strategy will fit in the green deal



10:30-12:30 PANEL 1
Green chemical policy

How can chemicals policy create the necessary framework to achieve carbon neutrality, circular economy and contribute to the zero pollution ambitions? What will be the role of the EU Chemicals Strategy under the Green Deal? What do other countries and world regions do to move towards those goals? What are the challenges and bottlenecks, and what can policy makers do to set the necessary rules and support industry in the transition? How can this be done in a coordinated way internationally, and what are the effects on international competition if different world regions act differently?

Moderator: Kirsi Ekroth-Manssila, Head of Chemicals Unit, DG Growth, EU-Commission


  • Nicolas Humez, Chairman, Hazardous Waste Europe
  • Sylvie Lemoine, CEFIC Executive Director Product Stewardship
  • Henry Tala, Deputy Director, Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics, EPA
  • Tatiana Santos, Policy Manager, Chemicals & Nanotechnology, EEB
  • Johanna Lissing Peitz, Deputy Director, Environment and energy department, ministry of environment Sweden, tbc


.12:30-13:30 LUNCH

13:30-15:30 PANEL 2
Forthcoming ICCM 5:  Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020

For UNEP, we would like to refer to targets and indicators, considering that so far there is a proposal on the table to have GHS as a stand alone indicator. This topic can open the opportunity to also discuss custodians/timeframes vs no time bounded indicators for example / stakeholders engagement.

Moderator: Achim Halpaap, Special Advisor to the Chemicals and Waste Unit, UNEP


  • Servet Gören, Director International Affairs CEFIC and industry representative at SAICM bureau of ICCA
  • Alexandra Carterbow, Activitist, HEJ!Support
  • Per Ängquist, General Director KemI, Sweden
  • Judith Torres, International environmental affairs officer, Ministry of housing, planning and environment, Uruguay and co-chair SAICM-5, tbc
  • Liu Jianguo, Associate Professor, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Beijing University 



16:00-18:00 PANEL 3
Safer substitution

With increasing awareness of the need for safer and sustainable substitution, how can this shift be better incentivised?  Support of research and development? Financial incentives? Education and awareness? SME capacity building? Increased information on substitution needs but also the available substitutes and their properties?   A panel of stakeholders, from regulators, to industry to civil society will discuss what could help to increase the pace towards the implementation of safer alternatives.

Moderator: Eeva Leinala, Principal Administrator, chemical safety and biosafety, OECD


  • Maria Thestrup Jensen, Miljostyrelsen/Center of circular chemistry
  • Anne-Sofie Bäckar , Executive Director, ChemSec
  • Paul Ellis, Head of sustainable chemicals management, Kingfisher
  • Joel Tickner, Professor Lowell University and Executive director of the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council
  • Peter van der Zandt, Director, from ECHA

.20:00-22:00 CITY HALL DINNER












Friday 5 June 2020

9:00-11:00 PANEL 4
Transparency & risk communication

Traceability of chemicals of concern is an important element in creating market trust while complying with existing legal requirements. What are the challenges in communicating on potential risks of chemicals in products? What are the current best practices in place for tracking chemicals to inform decisions relating to risk management measures, prevention of exposure and instructions for safe and sustainable recycling? Risk communication and transparency are topics which are important not only to regulators but also an intrinsic part of supply chain communication all the way to the end consumer. NGO’s argue that traceability of (all) chemicals in materials, products and waste must become mandatory by 2030. Is this a realistic ambition? How can we ensure that the right information reaches the right audience in the era of social media?

Moderator: Jukka Malm, Deputy Director General, ECHA


  • Apolline Roger, ClientEarth
  • Julian Schenten, University of Darmstadt, SOFIA – Society for Institutional Analysis
  • Pelle Moos – Team leader Safety and Health, BEUC
  • Violaine Verougstraete – Chemicals Management Director, Eurometaux
  • Mirva Kipinoinen, Director Communications, Tukes




11:30-13:30 PANEL 5
Spotlight on textiles

In 2020 HCF will take a look at progress on chemicals management  within one well-known sector. The programme committee agreed that the textile/ apparel industry is one where there has been formidable challenges and exciting progress with innovative initiatives to achieve real improvements in the way textiles are made, distributed, sold, used and managed at the end of life. This panel will bring together stakeholders across the supply chain to debate what has been achieved, and what are the persistent barriers and useful incentives for further progress?

Moderator: Leigh Stringer, Global business editor, Chemical Watch


  • Frank Michel, Executive Director, ZDHC Foundation
  • Christina Jönsson, Head of Division, RISE Research Institute of Sweden
  • Ana-Maria Blass-Rico, Administrator, REACH Unit, DG Growth, EU-Commission
  • Manfred Santen, Toxics Campaigner, Greenpeace
  • Stephen Lamar, President, American Apparel & Footwear Association, tbc



13:45-14:30 LUNCH

14:30-16:30 OFFSITE VISIT TO ST1

Please, note that the programme is still subject to change.

The registration is open.








If you wish to gain in-depth knowledge of the control of risks associated with the manufacture and use of chemicals and legislations and future goals related to chemicals safety, then this is your opportunity! In HCF you will meet international and national regulators and policy-makers, industry leaders, NGOs, academics, media and specialists working towards chemicals safety.


HCF conference pass:

One day €375 / Two days €650 (VAT included). The fee will be invoiced in EUR.

The conference pass covers:

Participation for one or two conference days
Access to the published presentations and materials
Lunch and coffee
Social programme: dinner at the City Hall and offsite visit on the second day
Offsite visit to St1, geothermal heat production plant in Otaniemi, Espoo.



Offsite visit – Clean geothermal heat deep from the earth.

.On Friday after HCF you can take a part in offsite visit to St1, geothermal heat production plant in Otaniemi, Espoo.  The emission-free energy form of the future is found underground and St1 is drilling to a depth of around 6.5 kilometers. The goal of the project is to build the first industrial-scale geothermal heat plant in Finland. The project has been challenged by hard Finnish bedrock but has proceeded as planned.

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ECHA Conference

Safer Chemicals Conference 2020

How are we delivering on safer chemicals? How can companies prepare for the new EU obligations on chemicals kicking in next year? Watch ECHA’s online conference on 2 June 2020 to get support to meet your obligations.


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