Chemical safety and biosafety

Development co-operation and sound management of chemicals

 

The Chemicals Committee in its vision for contributing to the OECD Development Strategy aims to promote a better integration of chemical safety into development co-operation and to raise awareness about the major role of OECD as a knowledge-sharing organisation on sound chemicals management for all countries, whatever their stage of development.

The range of oecd expertise   

The Chemicals Committee and its members have accumulated expert knowledge and possess rich experience in a wide range of areas relevant to the sound management of chemicals. This web page identifies the areas where we have core competencies, add value to other international efforts, and can respond to the needs of developing and emerging countries.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Man spraying pesticides with knapsack

 

Agricultural pesticides


Assessment of chemicals


Biocides


Biosafety

 

Chemical accident prevention, preparedness and response

 

Pollutant release and transfer


Risk management of chemicals

 

Safety of manufactured nanomaterials


Testing of chemicals

 

  

 

TOOLS WHICH HELp governments establish and implement their risk assessment and management of chemicals  

The OECD has developed, with various partners, tools designed specifically to address the needs of countries that are looking for expertise on how to establish/further develop their chemicals management framework. These tools are the IOMC Toolbox for Decision-Making in Chemicals Management and the OECD Environmental Risk Assessment Toolkit (ERAT).

The OECD has also developed a global portal to information on chemical substances, the eChemPortal. This portal enables users to gain efficiencies when carrying-out or reviewing hazard assessment of chemicals by having access to existing health and environmental effects information.

A variety of other OECD tools have also been developed to help governments review registration dossiers submitted by registrants and to take decisions about risk assessment and risk management of chemicals. These tools include test methods, guidance documents and best practices on a variety of topics (risk assessment, exposure, risk management, risk communication), toolboxes, information portals.

THE OECD NOT ONLY OFFERS FREE ACCESS TO TOOLS BUT ALSO A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES TO SUPPORT GOVERNMENTS

The OECD provides help to the governments of our Member and Partner countries and support to national governmental agencies in the field of chemicals management range from answers to specific questions to the organisation of workshops on the topics listed above. Tailored-made capacity building activities might also become available in the future. The OECD has also the capacity to call on its network of experts to find relevant expertise on topics that are not mentioned above.

 

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