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Case study: development of a road map towards sound management of biocides in Georgia

The project focused on biocides management, which is under the mandate of the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs in Georgia. Disinfectants and other biocidal products are widely used in the country – over 950 disinfectants are on the market in Georgia. In July 2013 the European Union and Georgia completed the negotiation of an Association Agreement and agreed on a number of measures necessary to be taken in the area of chemical safety, including legislation on biocides management.

The implementing organization, the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, initiated the national activities related to biocides and has advanced experience in coordination of this area, including with the private sector. Development and implementation of sound biocides management requires strengthening capacities in all stakeholders, including governmental bodies (health, environment, customs, regional development, justice, etc.), industry and the public. Development of a road map on biocides management based on critical assessment of gaps and needs is needed to plan activities in this area taking both short- and long-term perspectives.