5th Global Helsinki Chemicals Forum

  • Author/Organiser: Chemicals Forum Association in cooperation with European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), European Commission, European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), Finish Government
  • Event Website: http://www.helsinkicf.eu
  • Event Date: 18 June 2013 to 19 June 2013
  • Event Type: Conference
  • Venue: Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre, Helsinki, Finland
  • Associated Societies: CEFIC (European Chemical Industry Council), Belgium

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The Helsinki Chemicals Forum is an independent forum engaging international authorities, politicians, industry leaders, NGOs, academics and the media in an open dialogue on key issues of global relevance regarding chemicals policy and the control of
chemicals safety.


Tuesday 18 June 2013
8.00 - 9.15 Registration for HCF and coffee

9.15 Opening Ceremony
Jussi Pajunen, Chairman of HCF Advisory Board, Mayor of Helsinki
Geert Dancet, Executive Director, ECHA
Bjørn Hansen, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Environment

10.00 Networking break

10.20 Panel 1

2020 Goals and the Sound International Management of Chemicals
Will we reach these goals? What is our starting point? How will regional programmes and international efforts contribute?


Jake Sandersson, Manager, Environment Canada
Bjørn Hansen, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Environment
Dr. Martin Kayser, ICCAs´ Global Product Strategy, BASF AG
Kaj Madsen, Senior Program Officer, UNEP
Baskut Tuncak, Staff Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law, CIEL / USA

12.00 Lunch

13.30 Panel 2:

Chemicals in Products
Do our chemicals safety regimes pay sufficient attention to the safety of (imported) products, given the regulatory focus on individual substances and the chemicals mixtures? How can we best address substances in articles from a regulatory and industry perspective?


Nina Cromnier, Director General, Swedish Chemicals Agency
Dr. Erwin Annys, Director REACH/ Chemicals Policy, CEFIC
Wendy Cleland-Hamnett, Director/Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, USA
Sylvia Maurer, Senior Policy Officer for Safety and Environment, BEUC
Prof. Christina Ruden, Professor in Regulatory toxicology and ecotoxicology, Stockholm University
Christian Wetterberg, Director, Governmental Affairs, LEGO Group

15.00 Coffee break

15.20 Panel 3:

The Regulation of Nano-Materials
The Chemicals are increasingly produced and used in nano- form. Do our current regulatory regimes suffice to ensure the safety of human health as well as of our environment, or should nano-materials be regulated by specific chemicals regulations?


Rob Visser, Former Deputy-Director, OECD
David Azoulay, Managing Attorney, CIEL/ Switzerland
Dr. Peter Kearns, Principal Administrator, OECD
Otto Linher, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry
Dr. Rudolf Weinand, Vice-President, Product Safety Inorganic Materials, EVONIK INDUSTRIES AG

19.30 Transportation from the hotel Holiday Inn Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre
20.00 Dinner Hosted by the City of Helsinki at the Helsinki City Hall
23.00 Transportation to the hotel Holiday Inn Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre

Wednesday 19 June 2013

9.00 Panel 4:

Listing Chemicals of Concern
As regulators worldwide draw up their various lists, are they targeting identical or similar substances? What are the divergences and gaps and what is causing them? What is their regulatory impact, and how do markets react?


Andreas Herdina, Director of Cooperation, ECHA
Jack de Bruijn, Director of Risk Management, ECHA
Eeva Leinala, Senior Manager, Health Canada
Yunbo Shi, Managing Director, Chemical Inspection and Regulation Service Ltd, CIRS/ Ireland
Michael Walls, Vice President, American Chemistry Council, USA

10.30 Coffee break

10.50 Panel 5:

Combination Effects
Do rapidly evolving scientific and computational methods enable improved assessment of the impact of cumulative exposure? How to transfer scientific knowledge into regulatory action?


Derek Knight, Senior Scientific Advisor, ECHA
Prof. Thomas Backhaus, Professor in Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg
Dr. Jean-Lou Dorne, Toxicologist, European Food Safety Authority, EFSA
Rikke Donchil Holmberg, Senior Advisor, Danish Ministry of Environment
Mikael Karlsson, President, European Environmental Bureau, EEB

12.30 Lunch and closing
14.15 Transportation to the Offsite Session
15.00 Offsite Session: Visit to Neste Oil (max. 50 participants)
17.45 Transportation arrives to the Helsinki-Vantaa airport
18.00 Transportation arrives to the hotel Holiday Inn Helsinki Exhibition & Convention Centre

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