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Under GPS, the industry also runs a global capacity building program to build-up local expertise in chemicals risk assessment. Technical experts from ICCA member associations and companies share their expertise as trainers in about 20 GPS Workshops annually. To specifically target the needs of both emerging and developing economies, ICCA has developed different workshop formats, ranging from awareness-raising for beginners to intense technical training for a more advanced audience. How many training workshops are conducted and at which technical level is outlined in the so called GPS Implementation Plans which are established by all members of the global Responsible Care network.
To broaden our chemicals management network, especially in developing countries, ICCA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UNEP.
ICCA believes the most effective and efficient chemicals management is achieved through a combination of science and risk-based regulation and voluntary industry initiatives such
as Responsible Care and the Global Product Strategy (GPS). Responsible Care and GPS are the chemicals industry’s key voluntary contributions to UN’s Strategic Approach to
Chemicals Management (SAICM). Many developing countries currently lack adequate regulatory frameworks for managing chemicals. ICCA is collaborating with the United Nations
Environmental Programme (UNEP) under a joint Memorandum of Understanding to, among other things, develop guidance for governments for improving their chemical management
systems with a goal of having them science and risk-based and more globally harmonized.

GPS fulfils the requirements of a modern chemical management system. ICCA views GPS as an example of a best practice and believes it could serve as a basis for new or improved
regulation in developing countries.

To support local governments we are developing this toolbox to provide guidance on how to integrate GPS elements into national legislation concerning chemical management.

Our aim is to contribute to coherent chemicals management globally based on common principles, which will:

  • Reduce the differences in the safe handling of chemical substances between developing, emerging and industrialized countries;
  • Minimize costs and complexity for the local industry to comply with regulation;
  • Eliminate or reduce non-tariff barriers to trade.

ICCA has established the GPS Chemicals Portal to provide the public with easy access to science-based, reliable information on chemicals. The GPS Safety Summaries contained on the Portal provide the most relevant product safety information from companies on the chemical products they manufacture in a language that non-specialists will find easy to understand.

To date, more than 4,500 GPS Safety Summaries are available on the GPS Chemicals Portal, and ICCA member companies continue to post summaries to the site. Establishing a base set of information and publishing GPS Safety Summaries for their chemicals in commerce is part of the GPS commitment of ICCA member companies – and part of the chemical industry’s commitment to transparency.

Through our Global Product Strategy (GPS), we’re on a journey to improve the safe management of chemicals around the world.

Under the GPS Capacity Building program, we’re helping to improve chemicals management in countries that don’t have the capacity to do it alone. We provide technical assistance, share best practices and help improve transparency and access to important chemical safety information.

ICCA’s Regulatory Toolbox, launched in 2013, provides guidance to governments in developing countries on how to integrate GPS into their own risk-based, national chemical safety legislation.

ICCA’s GPS Chemicals Portal is a publicly accessible online database with detailed product information containing more than 4,600 chemical safety summaries. Anyone can access this portal to find out more about chemical products in use today.

GPS enables us to be accountable to stakeholders by demonstrating that the risks of chemicals in commerce are adequately characterized and can be safely managed.

Sound chemicals management is achieved through a combination of science and risk-based regulation and voluntary industry initiatives such as GPS and Responsible Care. Through action-oriented partnerships between industry, governments and civil society, we can take the biggest steps yet to improve chemicals management and enhance product stewardship around the world.