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The Chemicals in Products project

UNEP-led activities in support of this SAICM emerging issue

Report: "The Business Case for Knowing Chemicals in Products and Supply Chains
Press release for the 15 December 2014 launch

SAICM Open-ended Working Group: 15 December 2014 - side event on CiP presentations:
  Beth Jensen – Outdoor Industry Association (textiles)
  Timo Unger – Hyundai / Kia Motors (automotive)
  Johan Holmqvist, PhD – Sony Mobile (electronics)

Activities related to the project on exchange of information on chemicals contained in products:
An overview of the CiP project and programme - Prezi slide show: June, 2013

See also:
Brief background of the CiP project - Text document: October, 2012 
CiP project pamphlet - November, 2011

Useful documents from the CiP project:

Resolution from ICCM3 - the 2012-2015 mandate to the CiP project
   - CiP project report to ICCM3

CiP Project synthesis report - February, 2011

Sector case studies of the project:

Project report:
Chemicals in Products - An overview of systems for providing information regarding chemicals in products and of stakeholders’ needs for such information - November, 2010

Project Needs Survey report:
Survey of SAICM Focal Points on the Need for Information on Chemicals in Products
- December, 2009

Events in the CiP project:

The Consultation Meeting for the CiP programme
Meeting report : Pre-meeting info note
December 5-6, 2013, Boston Massachusetts

ICCM3 Side event: The Need for Chemicals in Products information
17 September, 2012 - Nairobi, Kenya

OEWG Side event on the Chemicals in Products project 
16 November, 2011 - Belgrade, Serbia

Workshop of the Chemicals in Products Project
16-18 March, 2011 - Geneva, Switzerland

Sector-expert Consultation for the Chemicals in Products Project
9-10 December, 2010 - Geneva, Switzerland

The Chemicals in Products side event at the 18th Commission on Sustainable Development
May 6, 2010 - New York, USA

Chemicals in Products Project Scoping Meeting

17-18 December, 2009 - Geneva, Switzerland

ICCM2 side event on chemicals in products

Informal Workshop on Stakeholders’ Information Needs on Chemicals in Articles/Products
9-12 February, 2009 - Geneva, Switzerland

In May, 2009, the second session of the International Conference of Chemicals Management (ICCM2) adopted a resolution agreeing to implement a project on Chemicals in Products (see attached resolution text) with the overall objective of promoting the implementation of paragraph 15 (b) of the Overarching Policy Strategy of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management. The Conference invited UNEP to lead and facilitate the project. The Conference agreed that the following tasks be undertaken:

  1. collect and review existing information on information systems pertaining to chemicals in products including but not limited to regulations, standards and industry practices;
  2. assess that information in relation to the needs of all relevant stakeholders and identify gaps;
  3. develop specific recommendations for actions to promote implementation of the SAICM with regard to such information, incorporating identified priorities and access and delivery mechanisms.

The resolution recommended that proposals for cooperative actions should take into account the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals and avoid any duplication of efforts under that system.

As UNEP advances the activities of the CiP project, it communicates closely with the Steering Group for the project.

ICCM3 and the intersessional period from 2012 to 2015
ICCM3 reviewed the findings and generally endorsed UNEP’s proposed recommendations for future actions. More specifically, the Conference invited UNEP to continue to lead the CiP project and mandated the project (in the next intersessional period, prior to ICCM4) to develop a proposal for an international CiP programme[1]. This CiP programme will:

a)    Identify the roles and suggestions for responsibilities of the major stakeholder groups while providing for flexible and differentiated approaches to meet the needs of individual sectors and individual stakeholder groups throughout  the product  life-cycle, with special attention paid to the needs of vulnerable populations, and developing countries and countries with economies in transition;

b)    Develop guidance on what information could be transferred and how information access and exchange could take place to meet the needs of different stakeholder groups throughout  the product life-cycle; considering best practices and successful experiences and taking into account paragraph 15 (c) of the Overarching Policy Strategy of the Strategic Approach;

c)    Implement pilot project(s) to demonstrate the applicability of the guidance developed under the proposed CiP programme in one or more of the priority sectors, [2] subject to stakeholder participation and available resources; and

d)    Implement activities that seek to raise consumer awareness and gain broader support from business, industry and other stakeholders.

[1] An activity of the CiP project (which started in 2009) will be to develop the CiP programme, which will have the aim of facilitating and guiding the provision, availability and access to relevant information on chemicals in products among all stakeholder groups. See full resolution text on

[2]   Building materials, electronics, textiles and toys.