06/10/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/10/2021 04:47
Kimmo Peltonen will continue as Director General of the Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes) from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2026. The Government decided on the appointment on 10 June 2021.
The Director General directs the Agency's operations and is responsible for their development and effectiveness as well as the achievement of the Agency's objectives.
Peltonen holds the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. He has served as Director General of Tukes since 2014. Prior to that, he worked as Head of Department, Professor and Head of Research Unit at the Finnish Food Safety Authority (Evira) in 2006-2014. He was previously Head of Department and Professor at the National Veterinary and Food Research Institute (EELA) in 2002-2006. In addition, Peltonen has significant research experience from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.
Tukes monitors and promotes the safety, conformity and reliability of products, services and production systems, as well as consumer and chemical safety. In addition to safety, Tukes promotes energy efficiency and technical harmonisation and ensures the free movement of goods and services that meet the standards. Other core activities of the Agency include safety communications, research and development, and influencing the national and EU regulations in the sector.
The position became available following the end of the current office holder's seven-year term on 30 June 2021. Six applications were received for the position.
Antti Neimala, Director-General, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 295 047 039
Heidi Nummela, Director of Human Resources and Administration, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 295 047 988