Thursday 23 May
9:00−10:00 Opening Ceremony
9:00 Opening of the Forum
Jan Vapaavuori, Mayor of the City of Helsinki, Chair of the HCF Advisory Board
9:20 Keynote: EU Chemical Policy beyond 2020
Bjorn Hansen, Executive Director, ECHA
Daniel Calleja, Director General of DG Environment, European Commission
10:00−10:30 COFFEE AND NETWORKING
10:30−12:30 PANEL 1
How to choose the best possible risk management option to regulate substances of very high concern
The EU is using a mix of different instruments – authorisation, restriction, occupational exposure limits – to reduce risks of chemicals of concern. What are the pros and cons for each of them and how do other regulatory authorities manage unacceptable risks of such chemicals
Moderator: Otto Linher, Deputy Head of REACH Unit, DG Grow, EU-Commission
- France Cappon, Precious metals association, expert in authorisation and restriction
- Fleur van Broekhuyzen, Bureau REACH, RIVM
- Anne-Sofie Bäckar, Executive Director, Chemsec
- Matti Vainio, Head of Unit Risk Management, ECHA
- Tala Henry, Acting Deputy Director of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, US EPA
13:15−15:15 PANEL 2
Grouping of chemical substances and how to avoid regrettable substitution
Regulators and stakeholders have expressed growing interest in grouping ‘similar chemicals’ in order to speed up risk assessment and management and prevent inadvertently substituting one problem chemical with another. But there is no consistency in the way grouping is carried out globally.
Moderator: Andrew Turley, science editor, Chemical Watch
- ECHA: Jack de Bruijn, Director Prioritisation and Integration, ECHA
- NATIONAL REGULATOR: Dr Kerry Nugent, IMAP, NICNAS
- NGO: Ninja Reineke, Senior Policy Advisor, Chemtrust
15:15−15:45 COFFEE AND NETWORKING
15:45−17:45 PANEL 3
How to measure the performance of different chemical management systems
What are meaningful indicators to measure success? Do different stakeholders measure success diffferently? What needs to be measured over time? What is the cost of action or inaction? How to assess value for money of the different regulatory systems?
Moderator: Eeva Leinala, Principal Administrator, OECD
- EU Commission: Elena Montani
- NGO: Mike Schade – Mind the Store Campaign from Safer Chemicals
- Environment and Climate Change Department: Daren Kelland, Manager
- OECD valuation project on chemicals: Marco Camboni, Managing Director, RPA Europe
17:45−18:00 Concluding remarks of the first day:
Jukka Malm, Deputy Executive Director, ECHA
Friday 24 May 2019
9:00−11:00 PANEL 4
Plastics and circularity – from pollution to a value based proposition for all
There are many facts of the plastics agenda and it goes well beyond the plastic pollution in oceans and rivers. Ultimately the marine plastics / litter issue is an impact from the failure to adopt a circular approach to plastics use. Plastics have a chemical production, usage pattern and waste management issue. When the cycle fails plastics reach the sea and have the impacts we now see. The focus of this panel should be on plastic use and phase out where possible (alternatives) at the national level coupled with education of the public and waste producers on sorting and segregation of plastics at the point of production. The panel will also cover the future opportunity of the collection, processing and use of plastic waste as a secondary resource. This involves taking into account existing standards and encouraging countries to adopt and implement policies on waste collection at urban and industrial sites, coupled with providing incentives for industries to generate revenue from the waste. The discussion will also touch on how new technologies can also produce hydrocarbon plastic feedstock which can re-enter the value chain.
Moderator: Mr. Jacob Duer, Chief, Chemicals and Health Branch, UN Environment Programme
- Ms. Ingeborg Mork Knutsen, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (tbc)
- Ms. Lorraine Francourt, Director, Chemicals Management Policy and Circular Economy Dow Chemicals
- Mr. Von Hernandez, Global Coordinator, Break Free from Plastic Movement
11:00–11:30 COFFEE AND NETWORKING
11:30–13:30 PANEL 5
The quality of and access to data on chemicals
The amount of data being available on chemical substance in commerce is continuously rising, even though the quality of the data is of varying (or unknown) quality. This rise creates challenges relating to competing demands for this data, from actors with competing interests (such as regulators, companies, downstream users, researchers, consumers). It is also important to acknowledge that while the amount of data is on a constant rise, data and information gaps still exists or is not acted upon. This situation also creates important challenges to handle that vast amount of data in terms of format/IT, reliability, analysis and subsequent actions,. How to ensure that relevant actors have access to the data they need of the right quality and that this data is adequately acted upon to limit the environmental and human health impacts of substances on the market.
Moderator: Hugo Waeterschoot, advisor, Eurometaux
- ECHA: Mike Rasenberg, Head of Unit
- OECD, Bob Diderich, Head of Division, OECD
- Academics/NGOs: Phillipe Grandjean, Head of the Environmental medical research unit, University of South Danmark
- Manufacturers: Nicholas Ball, Toxicology Consultant, TERC, Dow Chemical
13:30–13:45Concluding remarks of the second day and closing.
Jukka Malm, Deputy Executive Director, ECHA
There might be changes to the programme.
After HCF you can take part in offsite visits to Viikinmäki wastewater treatment plant and on Saturday to Fortum The Circular Economy Village in Riihimäki and City of Hämeenlinna.
If you would like to extend your stay note that SETAC Europe annual Meeting is organized back to back with the HCF. SETAC Europe has scheduled the topics of most interest for HCF attendants on Monday.
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