Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)
SAICM is a process that aims to achieve, by 2020, that chemicals are produced and used in ways that lead to the minimization of significant adverse effects on human health and the environment.
The Swedish Ministry of the Environment is the national focal point for SAICM and co-ordinates the work of other bodies in Sweden.
The ICCM, the International Conference on Chemicals Management reviews and promotes the work
The third session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM3), took place in Nairobi in September 2012. Decisions were made to ensure information about the Chemicals in products (CiP) project, to eliminate lead in paints, to promote best practice related to hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, to exchange information on nanomaterial and nanotechnologies and to choose safer alternatives to PFCs. The meeting agreed to take on endocrine disrupting chemicals, EDCs, as a new emerging policy issue.
It was also agreed that SAICM should be part of the currently discussed strategy for long-term financing of the chemicals and hazardous waste agenda, which is based on three parts: (i) chemicals control has to be a part of countries´ national development strategies, (ii) the industry has to be given a clear responsibility for costs and (iii) external financing has to be possible to some extent.
ICCM4 will take place in 2015, with a preparatory meeting in 2014.
For documents to SAICM meetings, see the SAICM website.