SAICMStrategic Approach to International Chemicals Management
SAICMSouth African Institute of Chemical Engineering
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The conclusions also raise the question of financing implementation of the SAICM and helping the developing countries assume their obligations.
Issues being considered on the agenda include children and chemical safety, occupational safety and health, hazard data generation and availability, risk reduction for acutely toxic pesticides, capacity building for developing countries and economies in transition, and the SAICM.
The United States failed to win language that would have made SAICM irrelevant to multinational regulations such as those of the World Trade Organization, a position some say was aimed at keeping environmental and human health values from challenging trade practices.
It has nevertheless allocated euro 150,000 for 2006 for SAICM secretariat operating expenses.
SAICM is a framework for global policy on chemical hazards and will ensure that by 2020 chemicals are manufactured and used in ways that minimize impacts on the environment and human health--a goal outlined at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development.
The Environment Ministers feel the SAICM should encourage research into and the use of non-chemical alternatives as an important means of reducing chemical-induced risks.
Since GEF V the GEF also started supporting SAICM related initiatives, making it possible to fund programmes in the area of chemicals management which are not covered by the GEF-POPs, ODS or Mercury funding windows (i.
The report speaks directly to the emerging chemicals policy issue of Chemicals in Products, which will be discussed in-depth at the SAICM meeting, along with five other emerging policy issues of high priority to the international chemicals policy community.
While no "one size fits all" approach has been adopted in the SAICM framework, the data and information being developed under REACH will likely play a key role in the regulation of chemicals around the world.
Description : The project will generate and demonstrate an area-based chemical management replicable methodology based on a Cradle to Cradle C2C * management approach to systematically eliminate POPs and SAICM concerned chemical wastes from the total life cycles of products and industrial production systems.
PRTRs have also been identified as a work area in SAICM s Global Plan of Action becoming a broadly implemented tool worldwide on chemicals and environmental quality management.