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Safer Chemicals Conference 2021

Europe is leading the way towards a more sustainable and toxic-free environment.

How are ECHA and its partners supporting companies on the path to sustainability?
What are the regulatory expectations in the evolving landscape and how can we help you meet them?

We’ll shed light on these topics and bring you the latest insights and updates in our online conference. 


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Pathways to sustainability 10:00-11:30 (EEST)


EU chemicals strategy for sustainability: where are we now

Florika Fink-Hooijer
European Commission, Directorate-General for Environment


How sustainability, innovation and regulation drive for chemicals and products of tomorrow

Bjorn Hansen
Executive Director
European Chemicals Agency 


Roundtable discussion

Safe and sustainable products and materials – how to get there?


Moderator: Jack de Bruijn
Director of Prioritisation and Integration
European Chemicals Agency

Bjorn Hansen
Executive Director
European Chemicals Agency

Cristina de Ávila
Head of Unit - Sustainable Chemicals
European Commission, Directorate-General for Environment

Marco Mensink
Director General
European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic)

Anne-Sofie Bäckar
Executive Director
International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec)

Susanne Zänker
Director General
International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products (AISE)
Downstream Users of Chemicals Co-ordination Group (DUCC)


  • Exhibition (virtual stands)
  • Coffee room
  • Speed networking (private meetings via video)
11:30-12:00 (EEST)

Interactive sessions

12:00-14:15 (EEST)


Work on groups – getting to safer use of chemicals faster


Jonathan Kuster
European Chemicals Agency 


Zero tolerance approach to non-compliance

Bring your REACH data up to speed

ECHA’s support for industry action 



Laurence Hoffstadt
European Chemicals Agency

Sampo Karkola
European Chemicals Agency


Case study: PFAS in firefighting foams


Peter Simpson
European Chemicals Agency


Company case study: Circa Group – Replacing toxic NMP solvent with a green and sustainable alternative


Dr Jason Camp
Chief Technology Officer Circa Group


Company case study: Clariant – Driving performance with safe and sustainable by design


Richard Haldimann
Head of Sustainability


  • Exhibition (virtual stands)
  • Coffee room
  • Speed networking (private meetings via video)
14:15-15:00 (EEST)
Interactive sessions 15:00-17:30 (EEST)


Contribute to safer drinking water


Panagiotis Zarogiannis
European Chemicals Agency


Substances of concern in products - where are we now

One year of the SCIP database: key learnings and way forward

SCIP database: tools and tips for preparing a successful notification

How to use the data on substances of concern in products



Kevin Pollard
European Chemicals Agency 

Clara Rueda
European Chemicals Agency 

Eoin Brennan
European Chemicals Agency 


Poison centres: best practice to help you notify

IUCLID tour: how to prepare your poison centre notification

Cross-sector solution for companies using interchangeable components

Poison centre notification IT solution: new improvements coming up



Heidi Rasikari
European Chemicals Agency 

Daniele Ape
European Chemicals Agency 

Claudia Rimondo
European Chemicals Agency 


Changing public perception on nanomaterials

Public perception on nanomaterials

Does European regulation improve trust in nanomaterials?



Abdelqader Sumrein
European Chemicals Agency

Jenny Holmqvist
European Chemicals Agency

Exhibition - visit our virtual booths

  • Meet the Helpdesks
  • Supporting safer chemicals worldwide
  • Poison centres and the Unique Formula Identifier (UFI) - what you need to know
  • Let's navigate through the Biocidal Products Regulation
  • Substances of Concern In Products - A safer circular economy in Europe
  • Do you know how the Prior Informed Consent Regulation works in the EU?
  • Doubts about which chemical laws apply to your business? Use EUCLEF, the EU Chemical Legislation Finder
  • European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) - Boosting innovation and growth within the European chemical industry
  • International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec): Don’t let hazardous chemicals ruin your product
  • Downstream Users of Chemicals Coordination Group (DUCC): Committed to safe and sustainable chemical mixtures
Conference closure 17:30 (EEST)



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