Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management – SAICM

The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) was adopted in 2006 as a policy framework to promote chemical safety around the world. Chemicals production is one of the major and most globalized sectors of the world economy. Acknowledgement of the essential economic role of chemicals and their contribution to improved living standards must be balanced with recognition of potential costs. These include the chemical industry’s heavy use of water and energy, and the potential adverse impacts of chemicals on the environment and human health.

SAICM contains an ambitious goal to achieve the sound management of chemicals throughout their life cycle so that chemicals are produced and used in ways that minimize significant adverse impacts on the environment and human health. SAICM’s objectives are grouped together under five themes: risk reduction; knowledge and information; governance; capacity-building and technical cooperation; and illegal international traffic.


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5th International Conference on Chemicals Management and Resumed 4th Meeting of the Intersessional Process for Considering SAICM and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020

At the end of a long week of negotiations, delegates adopted the Global Framework on Chemicals – For a planet free of harm from chemicals and waste, along with 12 resolutions and a High-level Declaration to ensure chemicals are managed so that human health and the environment are protected from their dangers.
Event 23 September 2023 - 29 September 2023