We’re Driving Performance Excellence Around the Globe
To broaden our chemicals management network, especially in developing countries, ICCA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UNEP.
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.
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.