Global Product Strategy
What is the Global Product Strategy?
In February 2006 at the 1st International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM-1), the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) introduced an innovative Global Product Strategy (GPS) to enhance product stewardship best practices within the industry and throughout the supply chain as its global contribution to the United Nations Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).
SAICM is a policy framework to foster the sound management of chemicals so that by 2020, chemicals are produced and used in ways that minimize significant adverse impacts on human health and the environment.
Objectives of GPS
Establish a base-set of hazard and exposure information adequate to conduct safety assessments for chemicals in commerce,
Provide global capacity to implement best assessment practices and management procedures, especially in developing countries,
Share relevant product information with co-producers, governments and the public,
Work across the value chain so suppliers and customers can effectively evaluate the risks and enhance their performance,
Make information on chemicals publicly available.
From the chemical industry point of view GPS
From the chemical industry point of view clearly helps to reduce the existing differences in the safety of chemical substances management between developing, emerging and industrialized countries and to achieve a common global standard in product safety assessment. Existing national / regional regulations (e.g. REACH) fit well into the overall global objective of GPS.
SAICM is an initiative of intergovernmental organizations, supported by governments.
GPS is a voluntary project of the worldwide chemical industry, led by ICCA, in order to respond to SAICM.