Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS)

Forum intergouvernemental sur la sécurité chimique
Foro Intergubernamental sobre Seguridad Quimica

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1994-04-25 Stockholm Sweden


25-29 Apr 1994, Stockholm (Sweden), at International Conference on Chemical Safety, the first Forum, when 114 countries were represented, as were United Nations bodies, specialized agencies and other intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations. Concept first put forward, Jun 1992, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), at S-XF2327 - United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) and developed by F-XF0185 - International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS). Due to insufficient funds, suspended for the foreseeable future since 2009.


Provide an inclusive forum for discussing issues of common interest and also new and emerging issues in the area of sound management of chemicals; contribute to the implementation of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the work of other chemicals-related international organizations and institutions.


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Forum elects a Standing Committee (FSC) to provide guidance on the development of the Forums programme, comprising 20 countries, 4 NGOs and 1 IGO representatives. Officers: President (independent of a region), 5 Vice-Presidents (1 from each UN region). Secretariat hosted by WHO.


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