Corporate Banner
Satellite Banner
Scientific Communities
Become a Member | Sign in
Home>News>This Article

Global Chemical Safety Issues Scrutinized during Insightful Helsinki Chemicals Forum 2013

Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Last Updated: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Bookmark and Share
Conference encourages green alternatives to reduce toxic chemicals in the EU and drive chemical safety.

Scientists know that while the end-products they develop need to be safe for use, often the research and development path is not.  Sometimes toxic chemical mixtures and compounds are used to create the final product or drive the experiment methodology.  It may be the nature of the beast, so to speak, but one of the goals of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and its REACH regulation is to encourage green alternatives wherever possible, reduce toxic chemicals in the EU, and drive chemical safety.   

The fifth Helsinki Chemicals Forum (HCF) is ECHA's forum for presenting topics related to REACH.  This year HCF 2013 highlighted panels on the sound international management of chemicals; chemicals in products; regulation of nano-materials; lists of chemicals of concern; and, combination effects.  HCF 2013 was held at the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre from 18-19 June 2013.

Presentations were given by representatives from international chemical industry organizations and authorities, such as CEFIC, CIEL, the European Commission, OECD, ECHA, Environment Canada, and the American Chemistry Council.   Panel discussions were usually lively and sometimes heated as panelists emphasized various points of view.

"What is very important to me," stated Geert Dancet, "is that everyone is moving toward the same standards and methods so that ultimately we can start dividing the work.  At the moment there is no real division of work, so that every country has to identify which chemicals it wants to regulate.  If we would have common standards for hazards and risks and risk management, then we could start dividing the work."  

For the first time, a delegate detailed the status of current Chinese toxic chemical regulations.  Yunbo Siu, Managing Director, Chemical Inspection and Regulation Service Ltd CIRS/Ireland, presented China's developing environmental approach from pollution treatment to source elimination.  He outlined China's five-year plan on chemical environmental risk prevention and control that is currently underway, and addressed the mind-set that needs to be changed in order to successfully implement this plan.  Currently China has listed some 158 toxic chemicals that are restricted for import/export under their first Priority Hazardous Chemicals (PHC) list and is evaluating other substances for inclusion.  The audience was favorably impressed by the scope and speed with which China is addressing their environmental challenges.  

North American regulatory agencies and organizations were represented by Michael Walls, Vice President of the American Chemistry Council; Eeva Leinala, Senior Manager at Health Canada; and, Jake Sanderson, Manager, Environment Canada.  Changes to US and Canadian toxic chemical regulations and how those resemble and dovetail with European standards and regulations played a part in discussions of sound international management of chemicals.  

Next year, the Helsinki Chemicals Forum will be held from 22-23 May 2014 in Helsinki, Finland.

Further Information
Access to this exclusive content is for Technology Networks Premium members only.

Join Technology Networks Premium for free access to:

  • Exclusive articles
  • Presentations from international conferences
  • Over 2,600+ scientific posters on ePosters
  • More Than 3,800+ scientific videos on LabTube
  • 35 community eNewsletters

Sign In

Forgotten your details? Click Here
If you are not a member you can join here

*Please note: By logging into you agree to accept the use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

Scientific News
Researchers Develop Classification Model for Cancers Caused by KRAS
Most frequently mutated cancer gene help oncologists choose more effective cancer therapies.
Fixing Holes in the Heart Without Invasive Surgery
UV-light enabled catheter is a medical device which represents a major shift in how cardiac defects are repaired.
Chromosomal Chaos
Penn study forms basis for future precision medicine approaches for Sezary syndrome
Enzyme Malfunction May be Why Binge Drinking Can Lead to Alcoholism
A new study in mice shows that restoring the synthesis of a key brain chemical tied to inhibiting addictive behavior may help prevent alcohol cravings following binge drinking.
Key to Natural Detoxifier’s Reactivity Discovered
Results have implications for health, drug design and chemical synthesis.
New Treatment for Obesity Developed
Researchers at the University of Liverpool, working with a global healthcare company, have helped develop a new treatment for obesity.
New Protein Found in Immune Cells
Immunobiologists from the University of Freiburg discover Kidins220/ARMS in B cells and demonstrate its functions.
Will Brain Palpation Soon Be Possible?
Researchers have developed non-invasive brain imaging technique which provides the same information as physical palpation.
Shaking Up the Foundations of Epigenetics
Researchers at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) and the University of Barcelona (UB) published a study that challenges some of the current beliefs about epigenetics.
Groundbreaking Computer Program Diagnoses Cancer in Two Days
Researchers have combined genetics with computer science and created a new diagnostic technology can with 85 per cent certainty identify the source of the disease and thus target treatment and, ultimately, improve the prognosis for the patient.
Scroll Up
Scroll Down
Skyscraper Banner

Skyscraper Banner
Go to LabTube
Go to eposters
Access to the latest scientific news
Exclusive articles
Upload and share your posters on ePosters
Latest presentations and webinars
View a library of 1,800+ scientific and medical posters
2,600+ scientific and medical posters
A library of 2,500+ scientific videos on LabTube
3,800+ scientific videos