Helsinki Chemicals Forum 2018 Report

This report covers the debates held at the tenth annual Helsinki Chemicals Forum, 14-15 June 2018. This year’s event attracted 168 delegates from 37 countries and focused on five key themes, ranging from the difficulty of communicating the subject of endocrine disruptors to how effective chemicals management can help solve the problem of microplastics pollution. The Helsinki thinktank promoted the case for the safe administration of chemicals while taking stock of the dynamic global political landscape and growing obstacles to preserving human health and the environment.

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A balanced and accessible reflection of two days of debate

The report offers a reference point for policy makers, companies, academics and others – presenting the voice of the people in the room at this key international gathering. It contains the biggest talking points from each of the following sessions:

Keynote addresses:
REACH around the world – past achievements, future ambitions

Panel 1:
Capacity building beyond 2020

Panel 2:
Endocrine disruptors as a challenge for risk communication

Panel 3:
Priority setting of chemicals – potential for harmonisation and synergies

Panel 4:
Plastics − role of chemicals management to solve the problem with microplastics in the environment

Debate: Can product stewardship replace regulation? Case study: nanomaterials

Writing on the wall: An unedited selection of comments posted to the message wall by the audience

About the Helsinki Chemicals Forum

The Helsinki Chemicals Forum (HCF) is an independent forum aimed at promoting chemicals safety and chemicals management globally. The conference is built around high-profile panels and keynote presentations as well as related debates. The themes for the two day seminar are selected for their global relevance and topicality by the HCF Programme Committee.

The forum is organised every year in Finland at Messukeskus Helsinki. It gathers around 200 participants from 40 different countries around the world. The conference is engaging international authorities, politicians, industry leaders, NGOs, academics, the media and specialists interested in chemicals safety issues.