Helsinki Chemicals Forum

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  • Event Date: 28 May 2015 to 29 May 2015
  • Event Type: Conference
  • Venue: Messukeskus, Expo & Convention Centre Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

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The event aims to become the pre-eminent think tank dedicated to inclusive, transparent and independent debate on the key issues of safe chemicals management.


1. Thinking beyond 2020 - SAICM and the future for global chemicals risk management
Moderator: BjØrn Hansen, Head of Unit, European Commission
• The world is five years away from governments' 2020 goal of minimising the adverse effects of chemicals on humans and the environment. Much has been achieved but it is clear there is much more to do, way beyond the next five years. Significant gaps remain in supply chains, product sectors and countries - are existing mechanisms such as SAICM sufficient to tackle this? How can we be innovative in the face of resource pressures for all?

2. Globally Harmonised System on Classification and Labelling – how can we get there faster?
Moderator: Bob Diderich, Head of Division, OECD
• First proposed at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, it has taken a long time to get the GHS off the ground and there is now a lot of activity by governments. But its implementation is slow and confusing and experience so far should be used to remove bottlenecks.

3. Chemicals in Products: How to Improve Communications in the Supply Chain
Moderator: Mamta Patel, Editorial Director, Chemical Watch
• To achieve the twin goals of chemicals safety and building public confidence, we need more efficient communication of risks and risk management measures up and down supply chains. But supply chains are complex with members having different perceptions and needs.

4. Avoiding Regrettable Substitution: what are the best practices in alternatives assessment?

Moderator: Jake Sanderson, Manager, Environment Canada
• Alternatives assessment is a loglcal, emerging need from activities across the world to define more clearly the chemicals that pose an unacceptable risk. What are the key lessons so far?

5. Green Chemistry and Engineering - a fundamental breakthrough?
Moderator: TBC
• While tackling the adverse effects caused by chemicals already on the market, we need also to prevent issues caused by future products. What is the potential to do this through smarter design of less hazardous chemicals as well as engineering processes that require and generate less harmful chemicals? How are leading companies already screening and designing to achieve this?

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