The Chemicals in Products (CiP) Programme is an ongoing activity at UN Environment on the policy and practical facets of access to information on the chemicals contained in everyday products. The activities focus on increasing the availability and access to the information actors need – throughout the life-cycle of products – so that they can properly manage those products and the chemicals in them.

The CiP Programme was produced through extensive research and stakeholder consultations, and was welcomed by the SAICM Governing Body in 2015 (at ICCM4) as the means for all stakeholders to advance on this complex issue.

UN Environment has led the work on Chemicals in Products since 2008 and - at the invitation of ICCM4 - continues that work through facilitation of CiP Programme pilot and implementation activities, stakeholder awareness and capacity building.

These pages provide access to:

  • information on Chemicals in Products Programme participants and their activities which contribute to the Programme’s objectives;
  • Chemicals in Products Programme documents and related UN Environment media;
  • stakeholder outreach, awareness raising and information documents;
  • research results, analyses, meeting records, etc. related to UN Environment’s activities under the CiP Programme and related projects.

The Chemicals in Products Programme

SAICM Emerging Policy Issue

Mandate

ICCM4 welcomed the Chemicals in Products Programme and the accompanying Guidance. UN Environment was invited to lead the Programme and specifically:

  • to promote and facilitate activities to implement the CiP Programme, including pilot activities;
  • to promote awareness of the use of chemicals in products information for sound chemicals management actions;
  • in coordination with the CiP project Steering Group, to engage in stakeholder capacity-building and awareness-raising; and
  • to develop a web site to facilitate with the above, as well as with access to CiP Programme documents.

UN Environment’s activities towards this mandate are described on this web site.

ICCM3 mandate and the intersessional period from 2012 to 2015

ICCM3 reviewed the findings and endorsed UN Environment’s proposed recommendations for future actions (CiP project report to ICCM3). More specifically, in its resolution the Conference invites UN Environment 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:

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

ICCM2 mandate and the intersessional period from 2009 to 2012

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 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 UN Environment to lead and facilitate the project. The Conference agreed that the following tasks be undertaken:

  • collect and review existing information on information systems pertaining to chemicals in products including but not limited to regulations, standards and industry practices;
  • assess that information in relation to the needs of all relevant stakeholders and identify gaps;
  • 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 recommends 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.

[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 www.saicm.org

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

One Pagers

These one pagers have been developed by the respective stakeholders group participating in the CiP Steering Group in consultation with their constituencies and aimed at providing information on the programme and engaging those already active in the field to showcase and share their initiatives.

Given the complexity, breadth, and rapid ongoing developments, these papers reflect the view of each group and might not reflect the views of other stakeholders.

The designations employed and the presentation of the material in this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the United Nations Environment Programme or of the members of the CiP Steering Group concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. Moreover, the views expressed do not necessarily represent the decision or the stated policy of the United Nations Environment Programme, nor does citing of trade names or commercial processes constitute endorsement.

  • Civil Society Group

Guidance to the Chemicals in Products (CiP) Programme for non-governmental organizations representing the public interest (NGOs)  

  • Industry Group 

Key Features for Exchanging Product Information along the Supply Chain:An interpretation of the SAICM Chemicals in Products (CiP) Programme Guidance document from an industry view point

  • Government Group

Synopsis of the Chemicals in Products (CiP) Programme guidance for Governments

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