The International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS), established in 1980, is a joint programme of three Cooperating Organizations - ILO, UNEP and WHO, implementing activities related to chemical safety. WHO is the Executing Agency of the IPCS, whose main roles are to establish the scientific basis for safe use of chemicals, and to strengthen national capabilities and capacities for chemical safety.
The two main roles of the IPCS are to establish the scientific health and environmental risk assessment basis for safe use of chemicals (normative functions) and to strengthen national capabilities for chemical safety (technical cooperation).
Areas of Activities
To carry out and disseminate evaluations of the risk to human health and the environment from exposure to chemicals and to produce health- or environment-based guideline values for exposure to the agents evaluated;
to promote the development, improvement, validation, harmonization and use of methods for laboratory testing and ecological and epidemiological studies and other methods suitable for the evaluation of health and environmental risks and hazards from chemicals;
to promote research to improve the scientific basis for health and environmental risk assessment to ensure a sound management of chemicals;
to promote technical cooperation with Member States, in particular developing countries, to strengthen their capabilities and capacities in the area of chemical safety;
to promote effective international cooperation with respect to emergencies and accidents involving chemicals;
to support national programmes for prevention and treatment of poisonings involving chemicals;
to contribute to the harmonization of classification and labelling of chemicals;
to promote development of the human resources required in the areas above.
IPCS / World Health Organization
CH-1211 Geneva 27 - Switzerland
United States Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (美国化学安全与危险调查局CSB或CSHIB)
International Chemical Safety Cards (国际化学品安全卡ICSCs)
Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (跨组织化学品无害管理计划IOMC)
International Forum on Chemical Safety (政府间化学品安全论坛IFCS)
Summary by 杨宏伟 on 2003-02-18
Last updated by 杨宏伟 on 2003-02-18