Executive Director

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 is ECHA's second Executive Director with a mandate running from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2022.

After a post-doc in probability theory in Germany, he joined the European Commission in 1991. Working first at the European Chemicals Bureau at the JRC in Italy and then from 2003 in the Chemicals Unit of DG Environment in Belgium. There Bjorn became Head of Unit in 2012. He already spent 1 year in ECHA in 2007-2008 as Director of Operations.

Bjorn was involved in the development of REACH and CLP from their very early days. He has been involved in international chemicals work since 1991, highlights being elected chair of the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials and having chaired several contact groups at three consecutive UN triple COPs.

ED Speeches

 

 

Relevant speeches
Title Speech Document Date Location
Exchange of views at the Committee of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety [PDF] 10/07/2017 Brussels
WSSD 2020 goals — are we going to make it? [PDF] 08/06/2017 Helsinki
Exchange of views at the Committee of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety [PDF] 07/11/2016 Brussels
Executive Director's keynote speech in Helsinki Chemical Forum [PDF] 26/05/2016 Helsinki
Exchange of views at the Committee of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety [PDF] 13/10/2015 Brussels
Executive Director's keynote speech in Helsinki Chemical Forum [PDF] 28/05/2015 Helsinki
Exchange of views at the Committee of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety [PDF] 04/12/2014 Brussels
Opening Ceremony at Helsinki Chemicals Forum [PDF] 18/06/2013 Helsinki
Exchange of views at the Committee of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety [PDF] 29/05/2013 Brussels
Exchange of views at the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety [PDF] 29/11/2012 Brussels
Opening Ceremony at Helsinki Chemicals Forum [PDF] 24/05/2012 Helsinki
Exchange of views at the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety [PDF] 03/10/2011 Brussels
REACH Conference - What did we achieve in 2010? How can we ease the way for 2013? [PDF] 23/09/2011 Brussels
Exchange of views at the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety [PDF] 09/11/2010 Brussels
Opening Ceremony of the Second Global Helsinki Chemicals Forum [PDF] 20/05/2010 Helsinki
Exchange of views at the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety [PDF] 03/11/2009 Brussels
Inauguration day [PDF] 03/06/2008 Helsinki

 

Correspondence with ECHA's Executive Director

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Bjorn Hansen*
Executive Director

executive-director (at) echa.europa.eu

 

 

*Person designated by ECHA according to Regulation (EC) No 1367/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council for requests for internal review of an administrative act or relating to an administrative omission.

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