Chemical safety and biosafety

About the OECD's Environment, Health and Safety Programme - Chemical safety and biosafety


Today, 35 Member countries, many partner countries and other stakeholders work together to develop and co-ordinate activities on chemical safety and biosafety on an international basis. One of the core aspects of the work relates to the Mutual Acceptance of Data.

Objectives of the Programme

  • assist OECD Member countries' efforts to protect human health and the environment through improving chemical safety and biosafety

  • make chemical control policies more transparent and efficient and save resources for government and industry; and

  • prevent unnecessary distortions in the trade of chemicals, chemical products and products of modern biotechnology.
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While an important focus of the work is on safety aspects of the production, processing and use of industrial chemicals (including manufactured nanomaterials), work is carried out on pesticides and biocideschemical accidentspollutant release and transfer registers and biotechnology, overseen by the "Joint Meeting" and undertaken by many subsidiary bodies.

The Chemicals Programme produces documents, reports and publications on all aspects of its work; these are available to the general public and can be downloaded: Environment, Health and Safety publications.



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