Japan launches initiative on research of chemical issues

16 March 2012 11:17  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--The Japan Chemical Industry Association announced in a statement on Friday the launch of a new long-range research initiative to address issues and evaluate the handling of chemical substances “more safely and more appropriately”.

The new initiative will focus on meeting social needs by providing specific solutions to critical issues faced by the chemical industry, the association said.

It will evaluate the safety of new chemical substances, including nano-materials, in response to future technological developments, and assess the environmental impact of potentially harmful chemical substances, said the statement.

In addition, it will study waste problems in developing countries, it added.

The project will be led by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), which consists of chemical associations around the world, it said.

An external advisory committee of experts will be established, and research activities are on track to begin in September 2012, it said.

Chemical industries in Japan, the US and Europe have invested more than Japanese yen (Y) 1bn ($12m) per year into the programme, it added.

Further financial details for this new project were not disclosed in the statement.

($1 = Y83.4)


By: Samuel Wong



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