The ICCA (International Council of Chemical Associations) program Global Product Strategy enhances Product Stewardship performance of the chemical industry worldwide with a focus on developing and emerging economies. ICCA constantly increases the global capacity for safe chemicals management, while at the same time highlighting the economic, social and ecological benefits of sustainable chemistry. The four pillars of GPS are as follows:
- Product Stewardship: The responsibility to understand, manage and communicate the health and environmental impacts of chemical products at each point in their life cycle.
- Risk Assessment and Risk Management: The scientific evaluation of a chemical’s hazards, uses and exposures to determine the probability that it will cause adverse effects under real-world conditions, which determines if steps are needed to reduce the risk of harm or misuse.
- Transparency: Providing health, safety and environmental information about chemicals to stakeholders and the public to enable customers, regulators and consumers to understand how chemistries can and should be used safely.
- Stronger Chemicals Management globally: Promoting risk-based chemicals management through a mix of government rules, voluntary industry programs, and publicly-sponsored training and recognition programs, particularly in countries without robust chemical management systems.
For further information on GPS, please visit the website of ICCA.