Chemical safety and biosafety

Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals


The OECD is a participating organisation of the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC). The objective is to strengthen international co-operation in the field of chemicals and to increase the effectiveness of the organisations’ international chemicals programmes; and to promote co-ordination of policies and activities, pursued jointly or separately, to achieve the sound management of chemicals in relation to human health and the environment.

The IOMC brings together ten intergovernmental organisations actively involved in chemical safety:

  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
  • United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • World Bank



The IOMC Toolbox for Decision-Making in Chemicals Management is a problem-solving tool that enables countries to identify the most appropriate and efficient national actions to solve specific national problems related to chemicals management. The toolbox identifies the available tools that will help the country address the identified national problems or objectives. Special focus is given to identifying simple cost-effective solutions to national chemicals management issues.



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