Health Sector Input: Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)
After three Preparatory Committee meetings, the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) finalized and endorsed the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 2006. The Strategic Approach comprises the Dubai Declaration, an Over-arching Policy Strategy and a Global Plan of Action. (http://www.chem.unep.ch/saicm/).
The World Health Assembly Resolution 56.22 in May 2003 called for the participation of global health partners in SAICM and urged Member States to take full account of the health aspects of chemical safety in the development of SAICM. A progress report on implementation of WHA56.22 was considered by the World Health Assembly in May 2005. As a result of WHO Member States contributions on the health aspects of chemical safety, and the engagement of the health sector in the SAICM process, all of the priorities developed by the health sector have been included in the final SAICM. These are included in the WHO Conference Room Paper for the ICCM provided below.
Next steps for the health sector: As requested in WHA56.22 the completed SAICM will now be referred to the Health Assembly for consideration.
First preparatory meeting
WHO Contribution to Possible Draft Elements of a SAICM for Consideration by the First Preparatory Meeting
WHO Information Paper for PrepCom1: Further Input on Health Aspects of Chemical Safety
Second Preparatory Meeting
WHO information paper for PrepCom2: further input on health aspects of chemical safety
- Member state responses to second WHO questionnaire on SAICM
SAICM REGIONAL MEETINGS 2005
THIRD PREPARATORY MEETING
WHO Conference Room Paper: Health Sector elements in the draft SAICM, and considerations for health sector engagement in SAICM implementation and SAICM institutional arrangements
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CHEMICALS MANAGEMENT
WHO Conference Room Paper: World Health Organization Background Paper for the International Conference on Chemicals Management, 4-6 February 2006, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
World Health Organization Statement delivered by Susanne Weber-Mosdorf, Assistant Director-General
Joint statement by the Executive Heads of agencies cooperating in the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals