Risk management of chemicals


  • The costs and benefits of regulating chemicals

    The SACAME project supports the socio-economic analysis of chemicals by allowing a better quantification and monetisation of health- and environmental impacts. This research, funded by the European commission, builds on the OECD's work on quantifying the social costs of environmental externalities, particulary in recent years on the costs of air pollution.

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  • GHS Classifications

    OECD contributes to improving access to national/regional GHS classifications through eChemPortal, a globally accessible international repository for hazard data on existing chemicals launched in 2003. GHS classifications will continue to be added to eChemPortal as they become available.

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  • OECD Substitution and Alternatives Assessment Toolbox

    This toolbox is a compilation of resources relevant to chemical substitution and alternatives assessments. Alternative assessments are processes for identifying, comparing and selecting safer alternatives to replace hazardous chemicals with the objective of promoting sustainable production and consumption.

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OECD assists countries in developing methodologies for both governments and industry to manage risks posed by chemicals and, when appropriate, to harmonise risk management activities on particular chemicals.


Substitution of harmful chemicals

harmful chemicalsOECD has established an Ad Hoc Group on the Substitution of Harmful Chemicals with the goal of furthering tools and approaches to support decision making for the substitution of chemicals of concern.


Sustainable Chemistry

sustainable chemistrySustainable chemistry encompasses the design, manufacture and use of efficient, effective, safe and more environmentally benign chemical products and processes.


Perfluorinated Chemicals

PFCsThe OECD/UNEP Global PFC Group was established to facilitate the exchange of information on PFCs and to support a global transition towards safer alternatives.‌‌

Risk reduction of individual chemicals

risk reductionThe aim of the OECD Risk Management Programme is to develop methodologies to support government and industry efforts to manage risks posed by chemicals and, when appropriate, to harmonise risk mgt activities on particular chemicals.


Classification and Labelling

classification and labellingThe OECD actively aims to harmonise the international classification of hazardous chemicals. Classification divides chemical substances and mixtures into different categories, based on their physical properties and health and environmental hazards.