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Case study: mainstreaming chemicals management into the sustainable development agenda in Belarus

Belarus is a member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and shares responsibility for implementation of the EAEU legislation, including the Technical Regulation, “On safety of chemical product”. To adopt the regional legislation, a number of governmental decisions were taken, such as authorization for the Ministry of Health to lead chemical safety activities, identification of an institution for registration of chemicals, decision on implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), etc. Given that the chemical industry plays a substantial role in the economy, industrial production and export, setting up a system for sound chemicals management is important and will contribute not only to the protection of human health and the environment but also the economic development of the country. A wide range of actions in different areas of chemicals management need to be considered to ensure strong regulatory frameworks for chemicals management. These areas include legislation, capacity-building, institutional arrangements, information collection and sharing, and so on. A decision was made to develop a National Road Map in order to include these actions so as to guide further dev