International Programme on Chemical Safety

Chemical risk assessment – Networking

A WHO Meeting on Strengthening Global Collaboration in Chemical Risk Assessment whick took place in Bonn, Germany from 29 to 30 March 2012, endorsed the establishment of a WHO chemical risk assessment network to provide a forum for identification of gaps, needs and emerging issues, scientific exchange and collaboration on risk assessment activities, identification of resources and mutual support.

The meeting called for an initial Steering Group to be convened by WHO, to assist in developing a business plan as well as a strategic plan to lay out and implement the steps required to establish the network, ideally over the following 12 months. In order to maintain momentum and continue to move forward during this planning, the initial Steering Group will also initiate and facilitate the coordination of short-term concurrent activities.