The International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) initiated the Global Product Strategy (GPS) to contribute to safe and appropriate management of chemicals worldwide. Evonik actively supports this initiative.Germany is playing a key role as it currently holds the presidency of the SAICM conference. Hazardous waste and pollution have been identified as important topics for the future. The debate focuses principally on emerging policy issues, i.e. issues that should be given greater international attention:
• Lead in paints
• Chemicals in products
• Hazardous substances in the lifecycle of electrical and electronic products
• Nanotechnology and nanomaterials
• Endocrine disruptors (substances that damage hormone systems)
• Drug residues in the environment
In addition, Evonik actively participates in various GPS projects funded by the EU Commission such as Capacity Building and Train the Trainer. It is also involved in the ICCA Chemicals Policy and Health Group steering committee.
Last but not least, transparent and harmonized criteria and processes for chemicals management are an important basis for the safe use of chemical products worldwide. This will reduce the work involved in meting different systems around the world (see GHS).