The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will review its chemical hazard assessment programme over the next 18 months to provide a more specialized service for member countries from 2015. Changes in chemical safety legislation in OECD countries in recent years have increased the need to assess more chemicals faster and more efficiently.
Since 1992, the OECD’s Cooperative Chemicals Assessment Programme (CoCAP) has brought together member countries and other stakeholders to assess more than 1200 industrial chemicals. The Programme has helped countries save EUR 20 million by avoiding duplication and additional testing.
The OECD hazard assessments are designed to benefit member countries and industry. Over the years integration with regulatory frameworks, like the EU REACH Regulation, the US HPV Chemicals Challenge Programme, the Japanese HPV Challenge Programme and the Canadian Challenge under the Chemicals Management Plan (under CEPA 1999) has been established.
All OECD outputs concerning chemical safety and related topics are available for downloading free of charge on the OECD website.