Chemicals Management

We believe the safe management of chemicals throughout their lifecycle is achieved through a combination of science and risk-based regulations, and private sector initiatives that go above and beyond the requirements of government regulators.  ICCA serves as the main channel of communication between global chemical manufacturers and various international entities focused on developing sound global health, chemicals, and environmental policy, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD).

The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)

At the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in 2002, ICCA joined with other stakeholders and governments to establish the goal that, by the year 2020, chemicals should be “used and produced in ways that lead to the minimization of significant adverse effects on human health and the environment.” Guiding this journey is the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), a policy framework that calls on the most advanced countries to step up and share their knowledge and expertise with developing economies to help promote chemical safety around the world. ICCA is a strong supporter of the SAICM multi-stakeholder approach to create a world where chemicals can be produced and used sustainably.

ICCA remains steadfast in our support of SAICM, which enables all relevant stakeholders to contribute to building a stronger foundation for sound management of chemicals and waste and firmly support the continuation of the SAICM approach beyond 2020.

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Chemicals in Commerce

Chemicals are used in numerous everyday products – from cell phones, to water bottles, to home furnishings, sports equipment, medical devices, even our clothing. The claim that “there are hundreds of thousands of chemicals in commerce” that are used in these everyday products or applied in the field without proper testing, labelling or tracking is simply false. It also neglects the fact that many countries worldwide have existing regulations in place that require communication along the supply chain to ensure the safe use of chemicals. The capacity to produce and use chemicals safely is a universal responsibility that drives environmental, social, and economic progress and innovation.

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Long-Range Research Initiative

The 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) placed partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society as central to achieving global sound chemicals management and sustainable development goals. Today, government officials, NGOs and civil society, and experts from industry are each contributing their perspectives and knowledge to build a stronger foundation for sound chemicals management. Through ICCA, the independently managed LRI research programs support complementary areas of scientific investigation.

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