Orientation LIRA (Infrastructures juridiques et institutionnelles pour la gestion rationnelle des produits chimiques et mesures de recouvrem...

12 September 2015

UN Environment Guidance on the Development of Legal and Institutional Infrastructures and Measures for Recovering Costs of National Administration for Sound Management of Chemicals


This guidance document, published in 2015, is known as the LIRA Guidance (Legal and Institutional infrastructures for the sound management of chemicals and measures for Recovering costs of national Administrations). 

It aims to provide practical support to policy makers for strengthening national legislation and institutional set-ups for achieving sound management of chemicals. It includes proposals for measures for financing necessary administration activities in this regard.

The LIRA-Guidance was developed based on the outcomes of a project developed by UNEP and the Swedish Chemicals Agency.  The project included workshops to discuss the guidance needed and the establishment of a multi-stakeholder Expert Group in order to ensure input on drafts and broad acceptance of the content.

A test version in 2012 was tested in Uruguay, Nigeria, Belize and Cambodia.


Comprehensive chemicals management frameworks include measures for managing chemicals at every step of their life-cycle. The focus in the LIRA-guidance is managing the introduction of chemicals into the market as the establishment of such infrastructures provides a cost-effective enabling framework for the other parts needed for life-cycle chemicals management. 


The main objective of LIRA is to support countries that are in the process of developing national plans for strengthening legal and institutional infrastructures governing the placement of chemical on the market as part of a lifecycle chemicals management policy.

By supporting the development of coherent chemicals management frameworks at the national level, the LIRA Guidance contributes to the priorities developed the context of SAICM and the in 2015 endorsed Overall Orientation and Guidance document, as well as the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm, and Minamata Conventions.

Other objectives include 

  • Proposing options for organizing the legal and institutional infrastructures governing the placement of chemicals on the market, including legislation and institutional agreements, given the national context, including a template for a framework law. 
  • Providing tools for ensuring sustainable financing, including cost recovery measures.