There is a long history of international collaboration on chemicals assessment and management. This has resulted in binding conventions (e.g., the Stockholm Convention), mandatory schemes (e.g., GHS Classification and Labeling standards), capacity building schemes, and global chemicals institutions.
A number of these global chemicals initiatives are driven by a desire to meet the objective agreed to at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 1992:
...aiming to achieve by 2020 that chemicals are used and produced in ways that lead to the minimization of significant adverse effects on human health and the environment.
Use the menu to the right for more information about specific global chemicals initiatives.
For additional global chemicals resources see:
- A short presentation, "Management of Chemicals at the Global Level"
- A report from the World Bank, "Global Pursuit of Chemicals Management"