Strengthening programmes on chemical risk assessment

Accelerating programmes for chemical risk assessment
This strategy features in the framework of Agenda 21 as formulated at UNCED (Rio de Janeiro, 1992), now coordinated by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and implemented through national and local authorities.

Agenda 21 recommends strengthening and expanding programmes on chemical risk assessment within the UN system IPCS (UNEP, ILO, WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), together with other organizations, including the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), based on an agreed approach to data-quality assurance, application of assessment criteria, peer review and links to risk management activities, taking into account the precautionary approach. Agenda 21 also recommends that technical cooperation and financial support or other contributions should be given to activities aimed at expanding and accelerating the national and international assessment and control of chemical risks to enable the best choice of chemicals.

International organizations, building on past, present and future assessment work, should support countries, particularly developing countries, in developing and strengthening risk assessment capabilities at national and regional levels to minimize, and as far as possible control and prevent, risk in the manufacturing and use of toxic and hazardous chemicals.
Type Classification:
E: Emanations of other strategies