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Chemicals in products

Following the completion of email consultations with interested stakeholders the draft information document and draft document setting out possible cooperative actions have been further revised and submitted to the secretariat. A copy of the completed information document can be found on the ICCM2 meeting documents part of the website as document SAICM/ICCM.2/INF/35.

As a contribution to the document setting out the proposed actions on chemicals in products facilitator has also developed a document setting out possible cooperative actions on chemicals in products for consideration by the Conference. The proposed cooperative actions have been provided to the secretariat for incorporation into document SAICM/ICCM.2/10/Add.1. The text as submitted is provided below:
Proposed element of cooperative work on chemicals in products .

On behalf of the facilitators, thanks are given to all those who have contributed comment on this issue

An Informal Workshop on Stakeholder's Information Needs on Chemicals in Articles/Products was held from 9 to 12 February 2009 and provided an opportunity to further discuss this issue. The report of this workshop is available from UNEP Chemicals http://www.chem.unep.ch/unepsaicm/cheminprod_dec08/default.htm

As part of the preparations for the second session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management, stakeholders were invited to nominate what they considered to be emerging policy issues for consideration by the Conference, pursuant to its functions set out in paragraph 24 of the Overarching Policy Strategy of the Strategic Approach.

The issue “information need on chemicals in products” was nominated by the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.  “Chemicals in products” was nominated by the Government of Japan and the issue “toys and chemicals safety” was nominated by IFCS.  In its submission, the European Union referred to the growing understanding of the spread of and potential exposure to chemicals from articles (products) such as computers, textiles, toys and costume jewellery and the risk to end users as well as economical risk for the producer.  Japan described the need for the sound management of chemicals in products, for example, the recovery of chemicals from products in the waste recycling system.  IFCS pointed to possible adverse health effects from chemicals migrating out of toys into children during their normal play or foreseeable misuse, the increased vulnerability of children to chemical harm and to the actions adopted by the fifth session of the IFCS Forum held in Budapest, from 25 to 29 September 2006.

The preparation of an information document and a document setting out possible cooperative actions to be considered by the second session of the Conference is being facilitated by:  

Ms. Johanna Lissinger Peitz
Head of Section
Division of Eco-management and Chemicals
Ministry of Environment
Tegelbacken 2
103 33 Stockholm
Tel: +46 8 405 55 61
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A workplan has been prepared for the development of the Conference papers on this topic.  Interested persons should contact the facilitators in order to obtain further information.

Reference information relevant to the documents being prepared are also available.

First draft information document First draft cooperative action document
Revised draft information document Revised draft proposed cooperative action document

Comments received on draft documents