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ChemSec: ICCM2 fell short of expectations, particularly industry commitments

The International Chemical Secretariat (ChemSec) has published a statement criticising the outcomes from the Second International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM2) that took place earlier this month as falling some way short of the action needed to tackle emerging issues (CW Briefing May 2009).

ChemSec is particularly critical of the lack of industry contribution to funding projects identified under the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).

On the emerging issues recognised by ICCM2, ChemSec says the goal to find new ways to provide information on safe use of chemicals in products to consumers was watered down; that the need to tackle e-waste exports to developing countries led to a commitment only to one workshop; and that the work programme for nanotechnology was a step backwards.

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