This report details the debates held during the 11th annual Helsinki Chemicals Forum on 23-24 May.
This year’s event brought together 191 delegates from 31 countries, who took part in discussions across five main themes including how to pick the best options to manage risks of SVHCs, approaches to plastic circularity and the struggle between data access and protection of intellectual property.
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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: Beyond 2020 – circularity and the role of chemicals
Panel 1: How to choose the best possible risk management option to regulate substances of very high concern
Panel 2: Grouping of chemical substances and how to avoid regrettable substitution
Panel 3: How to measure the performance of different chemical management systems
Panel 4: Plastics and circularity – from pollution to a value based proposition for all
Panel 5: The quality of and access to data on chemicals
The report also includes a ‘writing on the wall’ section: an unedited selection of comments posted to the message wall by the audience.
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 HCF conference gathers specialists from about 40 different countries to Messukeskus Helsinki, Finland in 23-24 May 2019. The conference is engaging international authorities, politicians, industry leaders, NGOs, academics, the media and specialists interested in global chemical safety management. Later this year in Shanghai there will also be the Asian Helsinki Chemicals Forum, to be held on 24-25 October.