Chemicals in products warrant closer scrutiny - UNEP

15 May 2009 16:16  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Chemicals in products, nanotechnology, electronic waste and lead in paint have been identified as emerging chemicals safety issues warranting international scrutiny, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Friday.

The issues were discussion topics at this week’s ICCM2 chemicals management meeting in Geneva. Each was seen as "an issue involving the production, distribution and use of chemicals which has not yet been generally recognised or sufficiently addressed but which may have significant adverse effects on human beings and/or the environment," UNEP said.

The world had taken “significant steps towards ensuring that chemicals are produced, used and disposed of as safely as possible” at the end of the week-long ICCM2 chemicals management meeting in Geneva, UNEP said.

“SAICM this week really has proved its worth as the one worldwide forum which brings together the people who can make change,” UNEP executive director Achim Steiner said.

The chemical industry presented new goals for its global product strategy (GPS) alongside the ICCM2 policy framework meetings.

Concrete results from the ICCM2 conference, attended by almost 800 delegates, were expected in relation to the consideration of emerging issues, the linkages with health as well as sustainable development and chemicals management, and the financing of sound chemicals management, UNEP said.  

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By: Nigel Davis
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