SAICM

Review

Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is a framework to promote chemical safety around the world adopted by the First International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM1) on 6 February 2006 in Dubai.
SAICMs overall objective (2020 GOAL) is the achievement of the sound management of chemicals throughout their life cycle so that by the year 2020, chemicals are produced and used in ways that minimize significant adverse impacts on the environment and human health.

Objectives are grouped under five themes:
1. Risk reduction
2. Knowledge and Information
3. Governance
4. Capacity-building and technical cooperation; and
5. Illegal international traffic.

SAICM is a key initiative of the international community aimed to achieve sustainable development and protection of human health and the environment. The Strategic approach has initiated a continuous process to improve sound chemicals management, involving 175 governments and 85 non-governmental organizations.

SAICM implementation is also largely dependent on the activity of its intergovernmental organizations, especially from the seven member organizations and the two observer organizations involved into the implementation of the comprehensive global Inter-Organization Program for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC). The members of the IOMC are Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); UNEP; United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR); WHO; UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and ILO; The two observer organizations are the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the World Bank.

Given the lack of progress towards achieving the 2020 Goal, currently SAICM is working on setting goals for the sound management of chemicals for the beyond 2020 period.

In 2014 the Russian Federation started to participate in the International Conference on Chemicals Management and the intersessional meetings of SAICM. On those meetings it is discussed the main global trends in industrial development and good management practices.

In this regard, by the instruction of the Government of the Russian Federation, an Interministerial Working Group on the participation of the Russian Federation in the implementation of the Strategic Approach was created. This Working group is co-chaired by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Russian Federation and Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation with the participation of representatives of interested federal executive bodies and agencies and non-governmental organizations (including the scientific community).

The main goal of the Interministerial Working Group is to develop and agree on proposals for the participation of the Russian Federation in the implementation of the Strategic Approach, including preparation and holding of international conferences on chemicals management and monitoring of overall progress towards achieving the 2020 goal. All of the initiatives should correspond to following states:
- support of the export of Russian products;
- improve the management of chemicals and products taking into account best international practices, including development of the proposals on relevant regulations and methodological documentation.

Currently, the Interministerial Working Group is developing a plan for SAICM implementation in Russia beyond 2020, taking into account the activities that are being held on the eve of 2020 and the upcoming International Conference on the Sound Management of Chemicals.

SAICM documents

The main documents on the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management include:
- Dubai Declaration on International Chemicals Management;
- Overarching Policy Strategy;
- Global Plan of Action.

SAICM Publications

Copyright © United Nations Environment Programme, 2006

Intersessional process

The fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4), through resolution IV/4, initiated an intersessional process to prepare recommendations regarding the Strategic Approach and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020. 

For now there are three meetings under the Intersessional Process:

First meeting of the Intersessional Process for considering SAICM and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 - Brasilia, Brazil, 7-9 February 2017

IP 1 report

Co-chairs’summary

Second meeting of the Intersessional Process for considering SAICM and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 - Stockholm, Sweden 13-15 March 2018

IP 2 report

Third meeting of the Intersessional Process for considering SAICM and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 - Bangkok, Thailand, 1-4 October 2019

Documents will be published later

SAICM in Russia

The SAICM Overarching Policy Strategy, in paragraph 23, provides that “To sustain an integrated approach to managing chemicals, each Government should establish arrangements for implementing the Strategic Approach on an inter-ministerial or inter-institutional basis, so that all concerned national departmental and stakeholder interests are represented and all relevant substantive areas are addressed. To facilitate communication, nationally and internationally, each Government should designate a Strategic Approach national focal point to act as an effective conduit for communication on Strategic Approach matters, including invitations to participate in meetings and information dissemination. The Strategic Approach national focal point should be a representative of the country’s inter-ministerial or inter-institutional arrangements, where such arrangements exist.”
Since December 2017 Dmitry Skobelev, Director of EIPC Research Institute has been appointed as SAICM National Focal Point in Russia.
The responsibilities of National Focal Point include the following:
- providing information exchange, including sending invitations to attend meetings and disseminating information;
- interaction with the Secretariat of the Strategic Approach and the International Conference on Chemicals Management, including the submission to the Secretariat of the Strategic Approach of national reports and other materials on the measures taken to ensure the participation of the Russian Federation in SAICM implementation.

Also for the active involvement of different stakeholders it was created an Interministerial Working Group on the participation of the Russian Federation in the implementation of the Strategic Approach. This Working group is co-chaired by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of the Russian Federation and Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation with the participation of representatives of interested federal executive bodies and agencies and non-governmental organizations (including the scientific community).

The main goal of the Interministerial Working Group is to develop and agree on proposals for the participation of the Russian Federation in the implementation of the Strategic Approach, including preparation and holding of international conferences on chemicals management and monitoring of overall progress towards achieving the 2020 goal. All of the initiatives should correspond to following states:
- support of the export of Russian products;
- improve the management of chemicals and products taking into account best international practices, including development of the proposals on relevant regulations and methodological documentation.

Currently, the Interministerial Working Group is developing a plan for SAICM implementation in Russia beyond 2020, taking into account the activities that are being held on the eve of 2020 and the upcoming International Conference on the Sound Management of Chemicals.