A Toxics-Free Future

About IPEN

IPEN at 10th AnniversaryIPEN is a global network working to establish and implement safe chemicals policies and practices that protect human health and the environment around the world. IPEN's mission is a toxics-free future for all.

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IPEN brings together leading public interest groups working on environmental and public health issues. It helps build the capacity of its member organizations to implement on-the-ground activities and learn from each other's work. Activities by member organizations are building an international leadership that is changing approaches to chemical safety internationally and within member countries.

IPEN elevates local priorities in ongoing international policy negotiations on toxic chemicals, metals, and exported waste, and is a recognized leader in United Nations processes to implement interntional sound chemicals management plans. These plans will have a substantial influence on sustainable development agendas around the world and will impact a wide range of issues, including hazardous chemcals in electronic products, nanotechnology, endocrine disrupting chemicals and lead in paint.

IPEN played a critical role in the negotiation, adoption and national ratifications of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), the first global, legally binding treaty that controls a number of the world’s most dangerous toxic chemicals and mandates their phase-out and elimination. IPEN also holds the public interest, non-governmental organization (NGO) seat as a participant in meetings of the Strategic Approach to International Chemical Management’s (SAICM) governing bureau and has substantially influenced SAICM’s policies on numerous issues.


IPEN's global network is comprised of more than 700 public interest, non-governmental organizations in 116 countries. Working in the interntional policy arena and in developing countries, with international offices in the US and Sweden, IPEN is coordinated via eight IPEN Regional Hub Offices in Africa, Asia, Central / Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.    

   IPEN at its 2012 General Assembly in Brazil