Chemical safety and biosafety

Global Forum on Environment: Towards cost-effective management systems for industrial and consumer chemicals

3-4 November 2020
10h30 (CET, Paris time) on the first day
Virtual Event

The Global Forum on Environment will discuss the challenges posed by chemicals, provide knowledge on effective and sustainable policies for the sound management of chemicals. Together, leading actors in the field of chemicals management will promote effective engagement, collaboration and action on the sound management of chemicals and waste. This includes regulators and policy makers in charge of chemical safety in OECD member and partner countries as well as relevant stakeholders from International Governmental Organisations, private industry organisations and companies, civil society, philanthropies and more.

Production and consumption of chemicals is rapidly increasing in emerging economies while the design of chemical management policies, the establishment of legal and institutional frameworks and the implementation of risk assessment methodologies and risk management decisions require a great deal of efforts in terms of time and resources from governments and industry. This Global Forum will serve as a tool for fostering networking and cooperation between partner and member countries.

This meeting is organised by the OECD as part of the activities of the OECD Joint Meeting on the Chemicals Committee and the Working Party on Chemicals, Pesticides and Biotechnology and in relation to development cooperation in the area of chemicals sound management. 

In light of ongoing COVID-19 developments, the Forum will be held virtually. 


Programme and session topics

Access the full programme and the list of session topics below:

 List of session topics: 

  • Session 1 - Acting now: why improving the management of chemicals is crucial
  • Session 2 - Challenges with setting-up and implementing cost-effective management systems for industrial and consumer chemicals
  • Session 3 - The Covid-19 crisis and its possible impacts on future chemicals management systems
  • Session 4 - Conclusions – Opportunities for future collaborative actions


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