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CW report highlights key messages from Helsinki Chemicals Forum

The themes of chemicals of concern and the challenges of initiating a successful circular economy are just some of the key points highlighted in a report published by Chemical Watch on this year's Helsinki Chemicals Forum (HCF).

During the two-day event, policy makers, companies and academics debated the urgency of stopping chemicals of concern from entering the recycling stream and discussed how a non-toxic, resource-efficient economy could be achieved.

Participants agreed chemicals of concern pose some of the biggest challenges to achieving a circular economy. Authorities and businesses, the conference agreed, must provide a strategy to tackle them as soon as possible.

This Chemical Watch report shares the opinions of stakeholders across five key themes:

  • the circular economy – opportunities and challenges for chemicals regulation;
  • perfluorinated chemicals – a global chemicals management issue in need of global agreement?
  • global data sharing – how can businesses and regulators make smarter use of available data?
  • plant safety – taking a back seat to economic pressure?
  • how to tackle chemicals of high concern in products – the construction sector as a case study.

The report's take-home messages offer a concise summary of stakeholder views on the topics addressed at the forum.

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