International Programme on Chemical Safety

WHO Chemicals Road Map

On 30 May 2017, the Seventieth World Health Assembly approved the Road map to enhance health sector engagement in the strategic approach to international chemicals management towards the 2020 goal and beyond. The road map identifies actions where the health sector has either a lead or important supporting role to play, recognizing the need for multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder cooperation. These actions are organized into four areas: risk reduction; knowledge and evidence; institutional capacity; and, leadership and coordination.

As individual Member States and other stakeholders have different priorities, based on their specific contexts, the actions are not presented in priority order. Furthermore, some of the actions are very broad, while others are quite specific. This variation is intentional and recognizes that Member States and other stakeholders have chosen different approaches to chemicals management and are at different stages of implementation. The inclusion of broader actions makes it possible for countries to tailor the implementation of the road map to their own context.

The road map is intended to be a useful tool for identifying areas of primary focus for engagement and additional actions at the national, regional and international levels. It is hoped that Member States and others will define their own implementation plans for this road map, which will take into account the need to engage and cooperate with others as appropriate. To assist in this, the WHO Secretariat has developed a workbook that offers a structured way to work through the road map, choose priorities and plan activities.

For background on the development of the road map and health sector engagement in the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management:

  • WHA70/36
    The role of the health sector in the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management towards the 2020 goal and beyond: Report by the Secretariat
  • Resolution WHA 69.4
    The role of the health sector in the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management towards the 2020 goal and beyond