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  • October 15
    OECD, Experts Discuss Access to Information on Chemical Safety

    OECD, Experts Discuss Access to Information on Chemical Safety

    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) hosted a webinar on its eChemPortal, which aims to increase access to information on chemicals, enable companies and...

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  • October 12
    WEF Paper Guides Trade Facilitation of More Circular Electronics Industry

    WEF Paper Guides Trade Facilitation of More Circular Electronics Industry

    In a new white paper titled, ‘Facilitating Trade Along Circular Electronics Value Chains,’ the World Economic Forum (WEF) has reviewed the role of trade in moving to a more circular economy...

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  • October 12
    SAICM Brief Explores Costing Tools for Sound Chemicals Management

    SAICM Brief Explores Costing Tools for Sound Chemicals Management

    In a new policy brief, the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) shows how governments are using economic tools to balance the benefits of chemicals with their socio...

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  • October 12
    Dates Announced for International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2020

    Dates Announced for International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2020

    The eighth International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (ILPPW) will take place from 25–31 October 2020. Virtual events during the week will focus on the need to accelerate progress towards the...

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  • October 2
    Prevention Week Pushes Global Phase Out of Lead Paint

    Prevention Week Pushes Global Phase Out of Lead Paint

    ​The eighth International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (ILPPW) will focus on accelerating progress to phase out lead paint around the world. A website for the campaign from...

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  • September 25
    Community of Practice Discusses Adoption of Limits, Laws on Lead in Paint

    Community of Practice Discusses Adoption of Limits, Laws on Lead in Paint

    The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management’s (SAICM) Lead in Paint Community of Practice (CoP) held two online discussions on the adoption of lead paint laws and on setting limits...

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  • September 16
    Rotterdam Convention Committee Recommends Informed Consent Procedure for Trade in Two Chemicals

    Rotterdam Convention Committee Recommends Informed Consent Procedure for Trade in Two Chemicals

    During a four-day virtual meeting, the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in...

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  • September 11
    Working Group Pushes Forward on Guidelines for Plastics, POPs, Incineration

    Working Group Pushes Forward on Guidelines for Plastics, POPs, Incineration

    A working group of government representatives convened virtually to discuss several items on the agenda for the Basel Convention on the movement and disposal of hazardous wastes. The meeting aimed...

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  • August 31
    Community of Practice Addresses Links Between Gender and Chemicals

    Community of Practice Addresses Links Between Gender and Chemicals

    The Chemicals and SDGs Community of Practice (CoP), organized by the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Secretariat, addressed challenges related to gender and sound...

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  • August 19
    Global Observatory Tracks Lead Paint Legislation, Health-related SDG Targets

    Global Observatory Tracks Lead Paint Legislation, Health-related SDG Targets

    As of 31 May 2020, only 39% of countries had legally binding controls on the production, import, sale and use of lead paints, according to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Health...

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  • August 13
    Colombia Limits Lead Paint in Children’s Items

    Colombia Limits Lead Paint in Children’s Items

    Colombia has adopted a law limiting the use of lead paint, particularly in items used by children. The law cites “the right of persons to develop physically and intellectually in a lead-free...

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  • August 13
    Experts Emphasize Private Sector's Role in Combating Marine Litter

    Experts Emphasize Private Sector's Role in Combating Marine Litter

    The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) held a side event on engaging industry to tackle marine litter and achieve SDG 14 (life below water). The event convened on the sidelines of the 2020...

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  • August 10
    eChemPortal: The Global Portal to Information on Chemical Substances

    eChemPortal: The Global Portal to Information on Chemical Substances

    The eChemPortal provides access to scientific information on chemical substances of regulatory relevance. It includes over 800,000 substance records from over 34 databases. The online portal...

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  • August 10
    Follow-up Action on Dangerous Product Alerts in Europe Increased in 2019

    Follow-up Action on Dangerous Product Alerts in Europe Increased in 2019

    The European Commission (EC) has published its latest report on preventing or restricting the sale of dangerous products on the market. The report shows that authorities took more than 4,400...

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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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