ICCA’s Global Product Strategy (GPS), launched at the first International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM1) in 2006, builds on and extends industry’s product stewardship efforts and is pivotal to industry’s implementation of SAICM.

The Four Pillars of GPS

Through its signature capacity building workshops and accompanying guidance materials, GPS is designed to help those countries which may lack the capacity to manage chemicals safely to learn how to put that capacity into place – and maximize the social, economic and environmental benefits that come with a safe, strong and sustainable manufacturing industry. To accomplish our mission, we focus on achieving progress in four key areas:

Product Stewardship

The responsibility to understand, manage and communicate the health and environmental impacts of chemical products at each point in their life cycle.

Risk Assessment & Risk Management

The scientific evaluation of a chemical’s hazards, uses and exposures to determine the probability that it will cause adverse effects under real-world conditions, which determines if steps are needed to reduce the risk of harm or misuse.

Stronger Chemicals Management Globally

Promoting risk-based chemicals management through a mix of government rules, voluntary industry programs, and publicly-sponsored training and recognition programs, particularly in countries without robust chemical management systems.


Providing health, safety and environmental information about chemicals to stakeholders and the public to enable customers, regulators and consumers to understand how chemistries can and should be used safely.

GPS Guidance Materials

To support our global capacity building initiative, ICCA has developed a set of innovative tools and materials designed to help countries implement best practices in risk assessment and product stewardship into their own risk-based, national chemical safety legislation.

Regulatory Toolbox for Developing Countries

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

Guidance on Chemical Risk Assessment

ICCA’s Guidance on Chemical Risk Assessment is available in more than eight languages and describes a step-by-step process for assessing chemicals for safety.

Product Stewardship Guidelines

Product Stewardship Guidelines help companies design and implement best practices for enhancing the health, safety and environmental performance of their products.

The GPS Chemicals Portal

The GPS Chemicals Portal is a publicly accessible online database with detailed product summaries for more than 90 percent of the world’s most highly traded chemicals (as of April 2016). The summaries 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. Anyone can access the GPS portal to find out more about chemical products in use today.

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