Sectoral dialogue on chemical management: EU-Brazil
Client: Brazilian Ministry of the Environment
The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development of 1992 (Rio 92), a landmark of international cooperation around environmental issues, emphasised the importance of safe management of chemicals.
Chapter 19 of Agenda 21 highlighted the need for countries to develop and improve national systems for the management of chemicals, including legislation and enforcement mechanisms appropriate. Other than regulations for the management of pesticides, Brazil does not yet have one regulation establishing evaluation and control instruments for managing the risks of chemicals in a comprehensive way.
With this project Brazil aimed to broaden the channels of dialogue with the European Union in order to promote the exchange of knowledge and experience on chemicals’ regulation, institutional arrangements and international trade of hazardous substances.
Within the context of a sectoral dialogue on the control and regulation of chemicals between the EU and Brazil, Milieu provided technical input, involving two reports. The first report focused on the approach to chemicals management in the EU, namely through REACH and CLP. In addition, Milieu reviewed registration and risk assessment systems for chemical uses exempt from REACH, as well as product and occupational health and safety legislation on chemicals.
The second report then reviewed approaches to chemicals’ management in two non-EU countries; Canada and China. Finally, Milieu presented the reports at a seminar in Brasilia and participated in a workshop on future options for chemicals management in Brazil.
The implementation of this action contributed to the national debate about chemicals’ management regulation. The debate improved Brazilian authorities’ understanding of the policies for chemical control adopted in other countries and focused on the challenges for the continuous improvement of chemical safety policy in Brazil.