International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS)

Programme international sur la sécurité des substances chimiques (PISC)

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History

Founded May 1979, by Resolution WHO 32.31 of the Assembly of World Health Organization (WHO); establishment initially recommended by Resolution WHO 30.47 of WHO 30th Assembly, May 1977. Became a tripartite endeavour, Apr 1980, when Memorandum of Understanding was signed by WHO, United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and International Labour Organization (ILO). Subsequent WHO Resolution 45.52, May 1992, endorsing an expanded role for IPCS. No longer tripartite following lapse of Memorandum of Understanding.

Aims

Carry out and disseminate evaluations of the risk to human health and the environment from exposure to chemicals and mixtures or combinations of chemicals; promote development, improvement, validation and use of methods for environmental risks and hazards evaluation; promote technical cooperation with WHO Member States, in particular developing countries to facilitate the use of available health and environmental risk (hazard) evaluations, improve capabilities of national authorities in conducting their own assessments when necessary and strengthen infrastructures for safety aspects relating to chemicals - their production, importation, transportation, storage, use and disposal; develop alert and response mechanisms and promote effective international cooperation with respect to emergencies and accidents involving chemicals; support national programmes for prevention and treatment of poisonings, including establishment of poison centres; promote training of required manpower.

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Activities

Works primarily through a network of partner institutions and WHO Collaborating Centres, national focal points and with national governments; produces evaluations of the adverse effects of chemicals on human health and environment; prepares guidance on new and harmonized methodologies for assessment of chemicals; undertakes collaborative studies to validate and harmonize test methods for chemicals; produces information on preparedness and response to chemical accidents; produces guidance on the establishment and roles of poisons centres and on prevention and management of poisoning; provides trained manpower and advisory services; carries out chemical risk communication and advocacy for chemical safety; conducts expert workshops and consultative groups to build consensus as part of the work process.

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 12 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 7 non-governmental organizations.
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Subjects *

  • Fundamental Sciences
    • Chemicals
  • Societal Problems
    • Safety
  • Health Care
    • WHO Bodies

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

UIA Org ID

F0185

Last News Received

16. Mar 2017
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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