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What is Helsinki Chemicals Forum?

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 next Asian HCF conference will take place in India in September 2023 and will be organised together with Global Product Compliance Group providing chemical regulation compliance services in India and other parts of the world.

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The HCF 2022 report on the debates held at the 13th annual Helsinki Chemicals Forum is now published. This year, after being held virtually for the first time due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021, 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 this will be the format in future.

the conclusion report of HCF 2022

Why 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

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Why HCF – Just ask our participants

“Helsinki Chemicals Forum offers a great opportunity to all professionals to exchange out of the box in high level presentations, as well as during the panels and outside the main hall with colleagues on fundamental questions of safe chemicals handling, not necessarily leading to immediate action or implementation but creating a better holistic understanding of chemicals management and its consequences.”
– Dr. Erika Kunz,
Global Product Stewardship, Head of Global Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals, Clariant, Germany



A multi-stakeholder think tank

“The Helsinki Chemicals Forum annually brings together new and old contacts to debate some of the thorniest issues in chemicals management. From regulatory efficacy to emerging scientific and technological issues to corporate social responsibility, its panel debates are significant multi-stakeholder think tanks providing businesses, regulators, NGOs and others with a space to think about the bigger picture and go home with a clearer understanding of how to position their organisations.” says Mamta Patel, Co-Founder of Chemical Watch on the aims and operations of the forum.

Just ask our attendees why participate in the conference

Let other attendees tell why take part in the leading forum for promoting chemicals safety and chemicals management – watch the video:


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. Watch Howy’s tips and read the full article.

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