The OECD assists countries in developing and implementing policies and instruments that make their systems for managing chemicals as efficient and robust as possible, while protecting human health and the environment.
The OECD co-operates closely with various international organisations, through the Inter-organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC) towards the implementation of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) which bring together governments from more than 150 countries and various stakeholders.
A number of OECD Council acts in force are dedicated to chemical safety and cover areas as diverse as chemical accidents, exchange of confidential data on chemicals or the Polluter-Pays Principle.
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The Chemical Legislation indicator allows you to explore the legal frameworks set up by each country to support the safety of human health and the environment.
This map measures the progress in countries with setting up management systems specifically dedicated to managing the risks of industrial and consumer chemicals, i.e. chemicals which are not covered by specific legislations such a pesticides or pharmaceuticals. It is specifically identifying legislation allowing countries to prioritise chemicals for risk management, perform a risk assessment on priority chemicals and implement, if needed, risk reduction measures based on the outcome of the risk assessment.
Best Available Techniques (BAT) for Preventing and Controlling Industrial Pollution - Activity 3: Measuring the Effectiveness of BAT Policies
Best Available Techniques (BAT) for Preventing and Controlling Industrial Pollution - Activity 2: Approaches to Establishing BAT Around the World
Best Available Techniques (BAT) for Preventing and Controlling Industrial Pollution - Activity 1: Policies on BAT or Similar Concepts Across the World
Safety Assessment of Foods and Feeds Derived from Transgenic Crops, Volume 3:Common bean, Rice, Cowpea and Apple Compositional Considerations
Guidance Document on Determining Best Available Techniques (BAT), BAT-Associated Environmental Performance Levels and BAT-Based Permit Conditions
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