TW5: Strengthening National Capacities for Chemical Analysis and Monitoring for the Sound Management of Chemicals

The thematic workshop on Strengthening National Capacities for Chemical Analysis and Monitoring for the Sound Management of Chemicals was the fifth in a Series of Thematic Workshops on Priority Topics of National Chemicals Management Capacity Building. It took place in The Hague, The Netherlands, from 5-8 November 2001 and was jointly organised by UNITAR and the Technical Secretariat of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The event brought together some 41 representatives from more than 20 developing countries, countries with economies in transition, countries with advanced chemicals management capabilities, and international organisations.

The objectives of the workshop were to: (i) provide guidance to countries in developing sustainable strategies for strengthening capacities for chemical analysis and monitoring for sound chemicals management, while recognising national as well as regional circumstances and priorities; (ii) examine the key issues and problems involved in strengthening capacities, such as improved ways of using existing facilities for multiple purposes, integrating capacities into an overall national/regional plan for the sound management of chemicals, and ensuring the cooperation of all concerned parties; and (iii) identify synergies and potential links, as well as provide practical suggestions for promoting enhanced cooperation among relevant international and bi-lateral support activities for capacity building.

A number of practical suggestions and recommendations emerged from the workshop, which may be of value for countries which are seeking to strengthen their national capacities for analysis and monitoring for the sound management of chemicals. The general recommendations, are grouped in four broad areas: legal and policy; administrative; financial/human resources; and technical. Recommendations specific to particular themes and issues, such as chemical emergencies and surveillance, and environmental monitoring (including environmental impact assessment and life cycle analysis requirements) are provided.

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