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Helsinki is home to European Chemicals Agency

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has operated in Helsinki since 2007. The agency makes a major contribution to the international nature of the city. ECHA employs approximately 600 experts, who come from different parts of Europe. With their families, they constitute a large international community in Helsinki. ECHA provides valuable information from the perspectives of the internationalization of Helsinki and how people from other countries settle in the city and lead their everyday lives.

ECHA is a large international agency that is important for Helsinki from the perspective of the city’s economic development, and it helps to build the international image of Helsinki. ECHA brings to Helsinki a great deal of activity related to the chemicals sector. ECHA also gives visibility for the EU in Helsinki owing to its central location in the city.

The agency’s close cooperation with the chemicals authorities of both the EU and European Economic Area countries, as well as with more than 70 accredited stakeholder organizations, brings a significant number of meeting guests to Helsinki. There were 7,600 visits in 2013.

The City of Helsinki was active in the agency’s establishment phase and during the early operations of the agency. The settlement of ECHA’s international employees and their families in Helsinki was supported with assistance in finding housing, with information and with the establishment of a European school in Helsinki.

ECHA is an agency of the European Union, which provides technical, scientific and administrative support in fulfilling the requirements of REACH, an EU regulation adopted in 2006. The agency is a regulatory authority in chemical safety, which also disseminates information about chemical safety to citizens. The agency is located on Helsinki’s Annankatu in a building designed by architect W.G. Palmqvist. Part of the EU legislation, the REACH regulation was adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, while enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry. 



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18.01.2016 09:58