Through green procurement (GP) it is possible to reduce risks that arise from the use of chemical products by encouraging the use of such products which have low impact on human health and the environment throughout their life cycle, and discouraging the use of chemical products with a high impact. To this end, Korea proposed at the 37th Joint Meeting in November 2004 to hold a workshop on chemical safety in green procurement, based on a proposal made at the OECD Workshop to Establish a Programme of Work to Support Chemical Product Polices that was held in Tokyo on 4-6 September 2002. This document reports the outcome of the workshop “Consideration of Chemical Safety in Green Procurement” that was hosted by Korea in Seoul on 8-10 November 2005.
OECD has initiated a new project to help Member countries and others assess and mange the impacts of chemicals throughout their life cycle (i.e., from production of a chemical substances, to distribution, use, recycling and/or recovery and final disposal). To date, most methodologies for generating and collecting data, conducting risk assessments and making risk management decisions have focused primarily on the production stage. This new approach will build off of existing methodologies and develop new ones to support a more holistic approach to chemicals management. As a first step, Japan hosted the OECD Workshop to Establish a Programme of Work to Support Chemical Product Polices that was held in Tokyo from 4th to 6th September, 2002. A workshop, Exchanging Information across a Chemical Product Chain, was then held in Stockholm, Sweden, 15-16 June 2004.
The OECD Workshop on Experiences and Perspectives of Service-Oriented Strategies in the Chemical Industry and Related Areas was held in Vienna, Austria on 13-14 November 2003. It was hosted by the Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management. The full report includes the OECD Workshop Summary, the Steering Group conclusions, all speaker presentations and the list of participants are in PART I and PART II