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International Regulation and Control of the Production and Use of Chemicals “Revisited”

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This chapter analyses one of the most significant developments in the international regulation and control of chemicals, and its impact on the issues that were of concern twenty years ago. It focuses on the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). The analysis starts with an overview of the background of the initiative and the players (governments, IO, representatives of the civil society) involved in its formation. It then moves on to the scope and plan of action of the SAICM and how they are structured, and finally addresses the shortcomings and conflicts that have hindered its effective implementation. Four problematic issues are outlined in this chapter. They are structural incoherence within the SAICM; conflicts among developed countries' approaches; the developed/ developing countries divide; and conflicts between trade and health considerations. SAICM is currently work in progress, as all the objectives are set for 2020.

Keywords: Chemicals; civil society; conflicts; Control; control of chemicals; developed countries; international regulation; Production; SAICM; trade



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