Helsinki Chemicals Forum 2021-Virtual Event

Apr. 27th, 2021

Bjorn Hansen, Virginijus Sinkevičius, Jan Vapaavuori etc,.

€ 300


March 18, 2021. 2020 was a challenging year for businesses across the globe, and REACH24H and Helsinki Chemicals Forum (HCF) were no exception to the norm. Still, it was in 2020 when our partnership with one of Europe’s leading chemical fora emerged, leading to the CRAC-HCF 2020 Virtual Forum which was visited by over 9000 participants.

This coming April 27-28, 2021 the Helsinki Chemicals Forum will return for its 12th HCF Conference in Europe, this time to be held over a two-day virtual setting.

*HCF welcomes experts from developing countries and from the press, who can apply for free access tickets ( Please, email HCF at


  • 5 Panels
    • United Nations’s Upcoming ICCM5
    • Green Chemicals Policy
    • Transparency & Risk Communication
    • Safer Substitution
    • Spotlight on Textiles
  • 3 Keynote Speeches
    • Virginijus Sinkevičius, the EU Commissioner for Environment, on how the new EU strategy on chemicals fits within the EU Green Deal,
    • Bjorn Hansen, Executive Director of ECHA on the functioning of the REACH and CLP regulations, and the Mayor of Helsinki,
    • Jan Vapaavuori, on Helsinki’s climate neutrality plans for 2035.
  • 1 High-level Debate
    • Leaders of the EU chemical industry and environmental NGOs VS Commissioner on the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability.


Date Time(Eastern European Time) Topic
2021.04.27 13:00-13:50 Opening Ceremony
13:50-15:20 Panel 1 – Forthcoming ICCM 5: Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020
15:20-15:30 Coffee Break
15:30-17:00 Panel 2 – Green chemical policy
17:00-17:10 Coffee Break
17:10-18:00 How ambitious is the new EU Chemicals Strategy
2021.04.28 13:00-14:30 Panel 3 – Transparency & risk communication
14:40-16:10 Panel 4 – Safer substitution
16:20-17:50 Panel 5 – Spotlight on textiles
17:50-18:00 Concluding Remarks and Closing

Keynote Speakers


Bjorn Hansen

Executive Director of ECHA

Bjorn Hansen is ECHA’s Executive Director. He is ECHA’s legal representative, in charge of the day-to-day management and all staff matters. Bjorn was involved in developing REACH and CLP from their very early days. He has been involved in international chemicals work since 1991, with highlights including being elected Chair of the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials and chairing several contact groups at three consecutive UN triple COPs.

Virginijus Sinkevičius

EU Commissioner for Environment

Virginijus Sinkevičius is the present Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, at the European Commission. Mr Sinkevičius was from 2017 to 2019 Minister of Economy, and before he was leading the Committee of Economy at the Parliament of Lithuania. Mr. Sinkevičius was elected to the Parliament in October 2016. Prior, he was a Team Lead for Regulatory Affairs at Invest Lithuania. Mr. Sinkevičius holds BA in International Relations and Affairs from Aberystwyth University and Master‘s degree in European International Affairs from Maastricht University.

Jan Vapaavuori

Mayor of Helsinki, City of Helsinki

Since June 2017, Mayor of Helsinki. Set forth a city strategy championing Helsinki as the “most functional city in the world” with a special focus on sustainable growth, digitalization, global problem solving, creativity and the best possible conditions for happy everyday city life. The strategy also defined Helsinki as a testbed for start-ups and smart city development projects resulting in an increased global relevance for the city. Long-term Member of the Helsinki City Council and Chairman of the City Board. LLM, University of Helsinki. Honorary Doctorate, Hanken School of Economics. Member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council.

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