The Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC)

Chemicals and waste management: essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In adopting the 17 Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, world leaders outlined a transformational course of action for the people, planet and prosperity. Chemicals and waste management are related to achieving every aspect of this Agenda.

The Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals

The IOMC was established in 1995 as an international coordinating group to promote sound chemical management worldwide, following recommendations of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) and in particular those in Chapter 19 of Agenda 21 about toxic chemicals. FAO, ILO, UNEP, UNIDO, WHO and OECD were first to join the IOMC, followed by UNITAR in 1997, the World Bank in 2010, and UNDP in 2012.

The objective of the IOMC is to strengthen international cooperation in the field of chemicals and to increase the effectiveness of the organisations’ international chemicals programmes.

IOMC Toolbox for Decision Making In Chemicals Management

The IOMC Internet-based Toolbox for Decision Making in Chemicals Management (IOMC Toolbox) is aimed at countries who wish to address specific national issues regarding chemicals management.

The IOMC Toolbox is a problem solving tool that enables countries to identify the most appropriate and efficient national actions to address specific national problems related to chemicals management.

IOMC participating organizations


The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management

Adopted by the First International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM1) on 6 February 2006 in Dubai, the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is a policy framework to promote chemical safety around the world.


The IOMC Participating Organizations meet twice a year to coordinate their policies and activities on sound chemicals management. From time to time the IOMC convenes meetings involving additional organizations to discuss issues of mutual interest. Summary reports of these IOMC and inter-agency meetings are available here below.

IOMC Mercury Group

The participating organizations of the Mercury Group of the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC) are ILO, UNDP, UN Environment, UNIDO, UNITAR, WHO, World Bank, and the OECD.

IOMC's 20th Anniversary

IOMC Reflects on its First 20 Years and Highlights 20 Achievements

IOMC indicators of progress in implementing SAICM

A concise set of quantitative indicators from verifiable sources and for which global data are available


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