United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED)
toward the environmentally sound management of chemicals.
IPCS INCHEM directly responds to one of the
Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS) priority actions to
consolidate current, internationally peer-reviewed, chemical
safety-related publications and database records from international
bodies, for public access.
IPCS INCHEM is produced through cooperation between
IPCS (a joint activity of the World Health Organization, the
International Labour Organization and the United Nations Environment
Programme) and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
More chemical safety information from international bodies will be
added progressively to the collection.
"IPCS aims to disseminate its chemical risk
assessment and chemical risk management products as widely as
possible, in support of the long-range objectives of the United
Nations Conference on Environment and Development. Provision of the
IPCS INCHEM database on the web free of charge to the end user is a
very important step in that direction," said Dr Tim Meredith,
Coordinator for the International Programme on Chemical Safety at the
World Health Organization.
Offering this service without charge allows
individuals, especially those from developing countries or those
working in organizations with limited resources, and even the general
public, access to a vast amount of chemical safety information.
"This endeavour will ensure the continued
quality, integrity, upgrading and further expansion of the programme
for all people throughout the world," stated Len Hong, CCOHS’s
President and Chief Executive Officer. "It is our ongoing vision
to make global chemical safety a reality," he added.
The IPCS INCHEM Programme was developed in 1997 as
a co-operative undertaking between IPCS and CCOHS. The IPCS INCHEM
Programme is based at CCOHS, Canada's national agency dedicated to
eradicating workplace illness and injuries and creating a safe and
healthy working environment for everyone.
1) The vast IPCS INCHEM
collection currently includes Environmental Health Criteria (EHC)
monographs, Concise International Chemical Assessment Document (CICADS),
Health and Safety Guides (HSGs), International Chemical Safety Cards (ICSCs),
IPCS/EC Evaluation of Antidotes Series, JECFA (Joint Expert Committee
on Food Additives) monographs and evaluations, JMPR (Joint Meeting on
Pesticide Residues) monographs and evaluations, Pesticide Data Sheets
(PDSs), Poisons Information Monographs (PIMs), Screening Information
Data Set (SIDS) for High Production Volume Chemicals, CIS Chemical
Information (ILO/CIS) and International Agency for Research on Cancer
(IARC) Summaries and Evaluations.