The 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) placed partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society as central to achieving global sound chemicals management and sustainable development goals. Today, government officials, NGOs and civil society, and experts from industry are each contributing their perspectives and knowledge to build a stronger foundation for sound chemicals management.


The innovative research program of the ICCA Long-Range Research Initiative (ICCA-LRI) is designed to improve the quality of chemical safety assessments.

Although societal and political drivers vary around the world, the three regional LRI programs in Europe, the U.S. and Japan identify common scientific topic areas that industry regards as important to form the core of the global ICCA-LRI program.

Through the ICCA, the independently managed LRI research programs support complementary areas of scientific investigation.

» See the ICCA-LRI Global Research Strategy for more detailed information


After many years of cooperation, in September 2010, ICCA and UNEP signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in order to further our common goals of developing and implementing effective chemicals management systems.

The partnership agreement leverages public and private resources to promote implementation of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).

The MoU embodies our wish to elevate our long-lasting partnership to a new level in order to set the framework for a successful future collaboration.

ICCA and our members are looking forward to similar declarations that include additional partners in the years to come.

ICCA and Pure Earth

Legacy pollution is often found at sites contaminated by past mining activities, at abandoned industrial or chemical sites, or at obsolete pesticide storage facilities.

In response, ICCA and our partners are working together to improve chemicals management through the value chain to prevent future chemical contamination issues.

ICCA has been proud to partner with NGO and IGO organizations to help prevent human exposures from legacy contamination.

We have provided expert advice and support to Pure Earth / Blacksmith Institute — an international organization that works to remediate contaminated sites in the developing world — to address contamination at an abandoned, former government-owned and operated chemicals site in the Ukraine.

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