19-20 July 2012, Santiago, Chile - A National Planning and Inception Workshop to launch a project for the implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) was held in Chile from 19 to 20 July 2012.

The two-day workshop was attended by thirty representatives of government, industry, non-governmental organizations, and academia, as well as UNITAR resource persons. UNITAR provided substantive training on the GHS and provided examples of GHS implementation in various countries, while the National Project Coordinator gave an overview of the situation of chemicals labelling in the country and of the GHS project to be implemented. Subsequently, participants identified the key actors, benefits, existing infrastructure, and existing capacity for GHS implementation in Chile.

The country will expand on these discussions and carry out a situation and gap analysis over the next few months. Based on this, a National GHS Implementation Strategy will be prepared. This document will contain action plans for the implementation of the GHS in key sectors such as the industrial workplaces, agriculture, transport, and consumer products.

The National Planning and Inception Workshop was hosted by the Ministry of Health of Chile, with technical support provided by UNITAR, and financial support frovided by SAICM's Quick Start Programme Trust Fund.