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Cross-sectoral global minimum transparency standard for hazardous chemicals in products - an essential tool to detoxify material cycles

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Cross-sectoral global minimum transparency standard for hazardous chemicals in products - an essential tool to detoxify material cycles

The SAICM Secretariat, in partnership with the University of Cape Town, established a community of practice on Chemicals in Products to bring representatives from different sectors together and to create a learning network around issues related to addressing Chemicals in Products (CiP). This is a summary of the discussion on Cross-sectoral global minimum transparency standard for hazardous chemicals in products - an essential tool to detoxify material cycles, which took place on 17 March 2022.

Presenters: Mafoko Phomane (groundWork South Africa), Alexandra Caterbow (HEJSupport), Olga Speranskaya (HEJSupport), Andreas Prevodnik (SSNC)

Discussion 2 of the Chemicals in Products Community of Practice (CiP CoP) focused on “Industry initiatives and information sharing on chemicals in products in the supply chain”. This discussion aimed to talk through a new approach for global minimum cross-sectoral transparency standards for chemicals of global concern in products as a step towards the transition to non-toxic materials. This will assist in having a prolonged product life in combination with increased reuse/recycling of materials and less waste. In turn, this will help us reduce the need for virgin raw materials for the economy, thereby reducing the need for process chemicals, process water and energy. This means less ecosystem destruction, less overshoot of natural resource outtake, and less negative climate impact and pollution.