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  • July 24
    WHO and GEF Report on Methods for Measuring Lead in Paint

    WHO and GEF Report on Methods for Measuring Lead in Paint

    The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have published an overview of analytical methods for measuring lead in paint both in the laboratory and in situ...

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  • July 24
    Five Countries Collaborate to Inform Stakeholders on Endocrine Disruptors

    Five Countries Collaborate to Inform Stakeholders on Endocrine Disruptors

    Five EU Member States are collaborating on a website to inform stakeholders about the status of substances identified as endocrine disruptors or under evaluation for endocrine disrupting properties...

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  • July 10
    European Chemicals Agency Recommends Grouping Chemicals for Better Risk Management

    European Chemicals Agency Recommends Grouping Chemicals for Better Risk Management

    The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a report that argues for grouping chemicals to speed up regulatory action to better manage their risks.ECHA’s second Annual Report on...

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  • July 10
    SAICM Communities of Practice Foster Dialogue on Chemicals and Waste Management

    SAICM Communities of Practice Foster Dialogue on Chemicals and Waste Management

    The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is forming a number of Communities of Practice (CoPs) that will bring together representatives from different sectors...

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  • June 30
    EU Concludes Consultation on Chemicals Strategy

    EU Concludes Consultation on Chemicals Strategy

    The EU is developing a strategy to reduce the risks associated with producing and using chemicals, as part of the European Green Deal framework. The strategy is intended to simplify and...

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  • June 30
    Alliance Preparing Guidance for Laws on Lead in Paint

    Alliance Preparing Guidance for Laws on Lead in Paint

    The Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (Lead Paint Alliance) has published Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to support the process of developing laws to address lead in paint. Feedback...

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  • June 29
    Post-2020 Chemicals Management Planning Underway Despite COVID-19 Postponements

    Post-2020 Chemicals Management Planning Underway Despite COVID-19 Postponements

    During a discussion on the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on planning for the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Beyond 2020, Monika Gail MacDevette, Chief,...

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  • June 23
    WHO Reports on Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

    WHO Reports on Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a report summarizing activities and events that took place around the world as part of 2019 International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week ...

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  • June 20
    IPEN Studies Evaluate SDG Links with Pesticide Trends in Eastern Europe

    IPEN Studies Evaluate SDG Links with Pesticide Trends in Eastern Europe

    The International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) has published a series of studies on the production and use of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) in Armenia, Kazakhstan, the Russian...

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  • June 16
    SAICM Reviews Participation in Decision Making on Chemicals

    SAICM Reviews Participation in Decision Making on Chemicals

    The Secretariat of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) prepared a summary of obstacles and possible incentives for strengthening multi-stakeholder and multi...

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  • June 10
    WHO Chemical Risk Assessment Network Virtual Meeting

    WHO Chemical Risk Assessment Network Virtual Meeting

    Following the postponement of the face to face Network meeting, which had been planned for June, the WHO Network Secretariat and the Network Meeting Organizing...

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  • June 4
    University of Cape Town will initiate a professional masters in chemicals risk management from 2022

    University of Cape Town will initiate a professional masters in chemicals risk management from 2022

    The Division will be commencing a masters degree programme on chemicals management in 2022.  Students are required to complete three DPRM courses in their first year.  DPRM 2021 students...

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  • June 4
    Safer use of chemicals can help protect biodiversity

    Safer use of chemicals can help protect biodiversity

    From the smallest parasitic bacterium living in the bladder of a primate to the blue whale - biodiversity refers to the vast variety of life on this planet.Biodiversity can be felt everywhere –...

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  • June 3
    SAICM/GEF Project Aims to Help Indonesia Develop National Standard to Regulate Lead Paint

    SAICM/GEF Project Aims to Help Indonesia Develop National Standard to Regulate Lead Paint

    Indonesia has launched a project that will help small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) remove lead in paint production processes and support the establishment of lead paint regulations. The...

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  • June 1
    European Commission Adopts Circular Economy Action Plan

    European Commission Adopts Circular Economy Action Plan

    The European Commission has adopted a plan focusing on the design and production for a circular economy, ensuring that resources used stay in the EU economy for as long as possible. The ...

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  • June 1
    Kazakhstan, Nigeria, and South Africa Strengthening Capacity to Manage Chemicals

    Kazakhstan, Nigeria, and South Africa Strengthening Capacity to Manage Chemicals

    The UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Chemicals and Waste Management Programme is implementing projects to help Kazakhstan, Nigeria, and South Africa strengthen their capacity to manage ...

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  • May 27
    EU Chemicals Legislation Finder Enables Companies to Track Legal Obligations

    EU Chemicals Legislation Finder Enables Companies to Track Legal Obligations

    The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has released an online service to give companies free access to an overview of 40 pieces of EU chemicals legislation that they may need to comply with. The...

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  • May 17
    COVID-19 Impacts on the Global Environmental Agenda: SAICM and ICCM5

    COVID-19 Impacts on the Global Environmental Agenda: SAICM and ICCM5

    The Geneva Environment Dialogues special COVID-19 series is focusing on the impacts of the pandemic on the global environmental agenda. Experts are concerned that the world is losing critical time...

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  • May 16
    Global Forum on Environment: Towards Cost-effective Management Systems for Industrial and Consumer Chemicals

    Global Forum on Environment: Towards Cost-effective Management Systems for Industrial and Consumer Chemicals

    The Global Forum on Environment will discuss the challenges posed by chemicals and provide knowledge on effective and sustainable policies for the sound management of chemicals.The event will bring...

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  • April 22
    How Nanosilver Gets Into Our Freshwater, and What We Need To Do About It

    How Nanosilver Gets Into Our Freshwater, and What We Need To Do About It

    Despite its widespread use, and results of laboratory studies, we still do not fully understand the impact that nanosilver can have on the environment once it enters lakes.

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  • April 14
    SAICM Resource Facilitates Networking among Chemicals Policy Experts

    SAICM Resource Facilitates Networking among Chemicals Policy Experts

    The website includes a section for individuals working on chemicals policy issues to register and network with other “people working for a healthier environment.” 

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  • April 14
    OECD Describes Benefits of Implementing a Chemical Management System

    OECD Describes Benefits of Implementing a Chemical Management System

    Sound chemicals management systems can deliver benefits related to the management of industrial chemicals, agricultural pesticides, chemical accidents prevention, preparedness and response, and the establishment of the Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs).

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  • April 21
    SAICM Brief Previews Chemicals Management Needs Beyond 2020

    SAICM Brief Previews Chemicals Management Needs Beyond 2020

    SAICM reports that, while it has m­­­ade progress regarding strengthening capacity, commitment, technical knowledge, and political will to implement and mainstream chemicals into national planning, its objectives and 2020 goal to minimize the adverse impacts of chemicals and waste will not be achieved.

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  • April 21
    UNEP Exposes Fight Against Illegal Trade in Pesticides, Mercury

    UNEP Exposes Fight Against Illegal Trade in Pesticides, Mercury

    UNEP reports that multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) regulate only a fraction of the chemicals being traded and many toxic products are easily accessible in the marketplace or online. A lack of reporting mechanisms means that information on illegal trade is scarce and hinders the ability of authorities to act.

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  • March 19
    UNEP Assesses Links between Chemicals and Waste Management and Other Issues

    UNEP Assesses Links between Chemicals and Waste Management and Other Issues

    The report addresses clusters related to health, world of work, biodiversity, climate change, agriculture and food, sustainable consumption and production, and human rights. The assessment mentions further linking the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Chemicals Roadmap with the Beyond 2020 framework. The report was published for consideration by the fifth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management in October 2020.

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