More on Managing Existing Chemicals
- HPV Challenge Program
- HPVIS - Making HPV Available Online
- Inventory Update Reporting
- Chemical Nanoscale Materials
- Managing Potential PFOA Risks
- Potential Chemical Risks to Children
- Section 21 Petitions
- Using TSCA Section 8(e)
- TSCA Section 12(b) Export Notifications
- International Work
- OECD HPV Chemicals Program
OPPT is taking a regional approach to implement the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), an international policy framework to foster the sound management of chemicals through:
- The Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Sound Management of Chemicals (SMOC) Working Group
- EPA’s Chemical Assessment and Management Program (ChAMP) to fulfill commitments under the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) of North America.
OPPT has been working with other EPA offices and other federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of State, to help ensure that various issues and sectors are aware of and contributing to SAICM’s objectives. In addition, OPPT, in cooperation with others, has facilitated efforts toward risk reduction and information sharing.
- OPPT helped create a chemicals management strategy to implement SAICM in the North American region. In 2007, in accordance with this strategy, OPPT participated in activities organized by the SMOC Working Group, including a workshop to advance the development of a chemical inventory in Mexico and projects to inventory mercury and reduce its use.
- Helping to further implement the goals of SAICM, under SPP, the United States has committed to complete screening-level characterizations and take action, as needed, on high- and moderate-production volume chemicals, produced above 25,000 pounds per year. OPPT will fulfill these commitments through ChAMP; read the ChAMP section of this report for more information.
- In May 2007, OPPT co-sponsored, along with SAICM’s Asia-Pacific Region, a workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, on the United Nations Environment Program mercury products partnership, focusing on development of projects that promote information exchange and mercury reductions in products. Such projects include:
- Mercury product inventory development
- Mercury market studies and risk management plans
- Mercury reductions in hospitals
- Other priorities of interest to countries, geographic regions, and stakeholders
- OPPT co-sponsored a technical workshop in February 2008 on management of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in Latin America in response to follow-up meetings to the Stockholm Convention Conference of the Parties.
- OPPT co-sponsored the Latin America Regional SAICM Meeting in February 2008 on the region’s chemicals management priorities and implementation planning. EPA’s work in Mexico under the SMOC Working Group and SPP complements efforts in the Americas as Mexico is also a key participant with chemicals management activities in the Latin America region.
EPA is also providing global leadership on mercury partnerships with UNEP and on Perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA) through its PFOA Stewardship Program. For more information on these activities, read the International Work, ChAMP, HPV, PFOA and international work with mercury sections of this report.