Chemical safety and biosafety

Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals


The OECD is a participating organisation of the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC).

The IOMC brings together nine intergovernmental organisations actively involved in chemical safety.

The objective of the IOMC is to strengthen international cooperation in the field of chemicals and to increase the effectiveness of the organisations’ international chemicals programmes. It promotes coordination of policies and activities, pursued jointly or separately, to achieve the sound management of chemicals in relation to human health and the environment.


Key IOMC project: the IOMC Toolbox for decision-making in chemicals management

The IOMC Toolbox is a problem-solving tool that enables countries to identify the most appropriate and efficient national actions to solve specific national problems related to chemicals management. The toolbox identifies the available tools that will help the country address the identified national problems or objectives. Special focus is given to identifying simple cost effective solutions to national chemicals management issues.

A proof-of-concept version of the Toolbox is available online here. It focuses on:

  • Setting up a national management scheme for pesticides
  • Setting up an occupational health and safety system
  • Setting up a chemical accidents prevention, preparedness and response system for major hazards.


See also:

 Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)


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