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Policy document

A review of PFAS as a Chemical Class in the Textiles Sector - Policy Brief

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May 2021
For over a decade, under both SAICM and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), the class of chemicals known as PFAS is gaining increasing international attention. Since 2009, chemicals in products have been identified as an Emerging Policy Issue and PFAS as an Issue of Concern by the SAICM. The textiles sector is currently considered in the SAICM context through the ‘Chemicals in Products Programme’, which focuses on four priority sectors: textiles, toys, building products and electronics. The
Report

Summary report on Chemicals in Toys Policy in China

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March 2020
China is one of the largest producers, exporters and consumers of toy products in the world. In order to ensure the quality and safety of toys, and to promote the development of toys industry, China implements a series of related laws, regulations and standards, with many authorities participate in the supervision and management of toys industry.However, there are still gaps between China and the European Union in terms of the limits of chemicals in toys and the management of new
Emerging Policy Issues: Chemicals in products
Policy document

Understanding chemicals in products: SAICM Policy Brief

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November 2019
The transparency of information about chemicals in global supply chains has been an emerging policy issue for the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) since 2009, leading to programmes such as the UNEP Chemicals in Products (CiP) Programme. The CiP programme focuses specifically on the textiles, toys, electronics and building materials sectors.Information exchange in the value chain is key in identifying and addressing any chemicals of concern1 in products. Brands and retailers frequently lack crucial knowledge about the properties
Factsheets and brochures

Using a value chain approach to reduce chemicals of concern

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October 2021
Chemicals of concern (CoCs) contained in everyday products can have harmful impacts on human health and the environment. While chemical-related impacts can often occur during a product’s use or end-of-life, decisions influencing product ingredients are taken further upstream of the value chain. Action to address CoCs in products thus need to consider the entire value chain and impactful interventions need to be made at upstream stages to protect human health and the environment from chemical pollution. UNEP is working on
Community of practice summary of discussions

Chemicals in toys

June 2021
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 Chemicals in toys, which took place on 17 June 2021.Presenters: Olga Speranskaya (HEJSupport), Varuzhan Gyurjyan (Mankan LLC), Gohar Khojayan (AWHHE), Thony Dizon (EcoWaste Coalition), Ram Charitra Sah (CEPHED)This SAICM/UCT discussion
Emerging Policy Issues: Chemicals in products
Report

Review of chemicals related Toy Safety Policies and Regulations in selected Low and Middle Income Countries

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April 2021
With a total revenue of more than 90 billion USD in 2018, the global toy market is an important sector of consumer products. Like many other products, toys are composed of a diverse range of materials. Many of these materials are made of, or contain manufactured chemicals. Most of these chemicals are intentionally added, but some can also be present as unintended contaminants.Many chemicals have properties that can make them hazardous to human health and/or the environment. The potential use
Emerging Policy Issues: Chemicals in products