International Programme on Chemical Safety

Essential tools for chemical safety - Forum V Pre-meeting

Sunday 24 September 2006

Improving the availability of information and strengthening knowledge are central to the sound management of chemicals at country level. These needs underpin many of the IFCS Priorities for Action and are included in the Overarching Policy Strategy of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).

A pre-meeting was held at the time of the fifth meeting of the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (Forum V) to review an evaluation of IPCS INCHEM in which 2500 users provided information on the use of INCHEM to meet their chemical information needs. IPCS INCHEM was established in 1997 to improve electronic access to chemical-safety reports produced by Intergovernmental Organizations.

The pre-meeting also show-cased developments in the INTOX Data Management System that enable better sharing of exposure data. IPCS INTOX provides a multi-lingual, internationally-harmonized and controlled terminology for collecting information about human exposures, and a software system that enables the storage, retrieval and reporting of data from multiple centres, both nationally and internationally.

Speakers at the pre-meeting presented examples of how both tools are being used for the sound-management of chemicals, in Sri Lanka, in Europe, in Brazil and the Philippines.

Copies of the presentations from the pre-meeting are available below.