Unep publishes negotiating text for beyond-2020 Saicm Locked

Diplomats to discuss in Bucharest in March

Global, Multinational bodies

OECD to host first chemicals management global forum in November Locked

Topics could include ‘setting up and maintaining inventories’


Mexico consults on labelling requirements standard for paint products Locked

Six-month transition period after publication

Latin America & Caribbean, Mexico

World's biggest chemicals problems 'have not changed' in five years, Ipen says Locked

Global meeting mulls priorities for 2030

Africa & Middle East, Asia Pacific, Europe, Global, Latin America & Caribbean, Multinational bodies

Turkey begins UN project to clean up persistent organic pollutants Locked

European Union will fund

Africa & Middle East, Europe, Turkey

South Africa adopts standard to align with GHS 4 Locked

Plans to update to eighth revised edition

Africa & Middle East, South Africa

Auto electronics reporting measure to be removed in July Locked

Some companies already transitioning away from REC 019 datasheets

Europe, Global

US NGO releases 2020 chemical footprint survey Locked

Open to brands, manufacturers and retailers until 30 April

Global, North America, United States

Selfridges to remove plastic cosmetic glitter by 2021 Locked

Ban applies globally

Europe, Global

Revlon launches first ‘EWG-verified’ cosmetic product globally Locked


Turkey issues notification on safety inspections of imported toys Locked

Africa & Middle East, Europe, Turkey

Chemical properties search tool updated with new design Locked


OECD plans surveys to quantify benefits of chemicals regulation Locked

Working on criteria for sustainable plastics

Global, Multinational bodies

Trump signs North American trade deal Locked

Canada, Latin America & Caribbean, Mexico, North America, United States

Panama outlines plan to manage POPs in consumer products Locked

Country considering new e-waste regulations

Latin America & Caribbean, Panama

Global Outlook 2020: What lies ahead for the UN’s chemicals programme? Locked

Chemical Watch's UN/emerging markets reporter, Ginger Hervey, asks whether the critical moment arrived for Saicm

Africa & Middle East, Argentina, Asia Pacific, Brazil, Global, Kenya, Latin America & Caribbean, Multinational bodies, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, UAE

Saicm workshop furthers discussions of UN General Assembly resolution Locked

Outcome to be presented at negotiations in Bucharest in March

Global, Multinational bodies

Ikea recalls travel mug after 'inconsistent tests' find phthalate DBP Locked

Product was made in India and on sale since last October

Europe, Global

Latin American countries and industry to cooperate on chemicals tasks Locked

'Building trust' between governments and companies key, workshop found

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Global, Latin America & Caribbean

Auto, electronics sectors to feel effects of reporting provision removal Locked

Deactivation of REC 019 could mean a move to full material declarations

Europe, Global

Costa Rica wraps up project to eliminate PCB-containing equipment Locked

Country reaches 96.4% of goal

Costa Rica, Latin America & Caribbean

Brazilian chemicals management bill presented to Congress Locked

Significant changes made since 2018 attempt

Brazil, Latin America & Caribbean

Experts call for regulators to 'embrace new behavioural endpoints' Locked

No legal obstacles to behavioural ecotoxicology in assessments


WHO invites experts to join evaluation of microplastics pollution Locked

Global, Multinational bodies

Proactive Alliance opens doors to organisations outside Europe Locked

Draft policy document set for March

Europe, Global

Mercosur consulting on cosmetics labelling update Locked

Changes would align the bloc with EU and US standards

Argentina, Brazil, Latin America & Caribbean, Mercosur, Paraguay, Uruguay

First OECD ‘defined approaches’ could be approved in 2020 Locked

Expert group finalising protocols for combining in vitro data for skin sensitisation


Making policy in Africa – the vital role of university academics Locked

Several factors explain reliance of less well resourced countries on college researchers

Africa & Middle East, Global, Kenya, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Zambia

ZDHC reports ‘most’ targeted chemical groups no longer intentionally used Locked

APEOs, phthalates and PFCs still pose a challenge

Europe, Global

Saudi Arabia expected to publish national chemical safety programme in 2020 Locked

Plans include inventory and management strategies

Africa & Middle East, Saudi Arabia