In working towards the mutual acceptance of notifications the Clearing House has developed a multilateral notification arrangement, termed the ‘Parallel Process’. This process enables companies to declare to all affected countries at the time of first notification that it wants them to cooperate, share information and build on the efforts of the country where it will first initiate manufacture or import of the chemical. The hazard assessment is developed by the ‘lead’ jurisdiction and then utilized by other participating jurisdictions.
The Parallel Process was first introduced as a pilot phase in 2005, which enabled it to be tested and evaluated. The process is now in the operational phase and guidance on the procedures are being developed based on lessons learnt during the pilot phase.
The group is now working to further the enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the process by including more jurisdictions and companies, and developing further guidance on the development of a data package.
For more information on how to participate in the Parallel Process contact firstname.lastname@example.org.