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SAICM

The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is the only international agreement that addresses the full range of known and newly discovered health and environmental concerns associated with the production and use of chemicals. The 2006 decision that established SAICM expires in 2020 and now there is a global process to determine what comes next. IPEN and Pesticide Action Network collaborated to produce a series of documents that highlight civil society views on key topics for the Beyond 2020 process. The papers describe SAICM’s importance, how chemical safety can contribute to sustainable development, and how actions should be financed. In addition, the papers deal with the relationship between women and chemical safety, how the industry should reduce and eliminate hazard through design, and the connection between human rights and chemical safety.

As part of their contribution to SAICM implementation in the region, authors Ngamo Tinkeu L S (University of Ngaoundéré, Faculty of Science, Department of Biological Sciences), Ngassoum M-B (University of Ngaoundéré, High School of Food Processing, Department of Applied Chemistry) and Kuepouo G (Research and Education Centre for Development (CREPD), Yaoundé Cameroon) have produced their findings on highly hazardous pesticides that are registered and used in Central and West A

Chemical Watch

Indian government must address EDCs, says NGO
Toxics Link urges more research into BPA and phthalates
Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) “have not received adequate attention at the policy level” in India, Piyush Mohapatra of NGO Toxics Link has said.

A better understanding of the health and environmental impacts of EDCs, "such as bisphenol A and phthalates", in India and South Asia should be a priority, he added.

Semia Gharbi, representative of l’Association de l’éducation environnementale pour les futures générations (AEEFG), the IPEN Regional Hub for the Middle East and North Africa, and May Granier, from the IPEN Participating Organization Association Tunisienne d'Agriculture Environnementale, are featured in this article about the pesticide glyphosate from La Presse de Tunisie:

Chemical Watch Briefing
Global chemical safety – less talk, more implementation
Joe DiGangi, senior science and technical advisor, IPEN

Each year, hundreds of millions of factory and farm workers are injured by accidents, pesticides and industrial chemical exposures – a subset of an even larger population of people exposed to, and affected by, harmful chemicals.

One international agreement that should address the multitude of chemical safety struggles around the world is the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (Saicm). But there is a long way to go to fulfil Saicm’s chemical safety mission.

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