Chemical safety and biosafety

OECD Council Acts Related to Chemicals and Biotechnology Products


The OECD Council, under the chairmanship of the OECD Secretary-General, is the focal point of a continuing review by member governments of the work of OECD. When appropriate, the Council may agree on Decisions which are legally binding under international law. Alternatively, Member governments, through the Council, may agree on Recommendations, which are expressions of political will to follow certain policies. Council Decisions and Council Recommendations are known collectively as Council Acts. 


What's new

Decision-Recommendation of the Council concerning Chemical Accident Prevention, Preparedness and Response

A new OECD Decision-Recommendation concerning Chemical Accident Prevention, Preparedness and Response was adopted by the 2023 Meeting of the OECD Council at the Ministerial Level. 

The Decision-Recommendation sets out key high-level elements to support the development of a chemical accidents programme covering the fields of prevention, preparedness, and response. It is a consolidation and update of three original OECD legal instruments from 1988 and 2004.

The Decision-Recommendation comes with its supporting technical guidance, the newly released Third Edition of the Guiding Principles on Chemical Accident Prevention, Preparedness and Response.



The following reflects the different topics in the field of chemicals and biotechnology and lists the relevant OECD Council Acts

Good Laboratory Practice and Mutual Acceptance of Data


Hazard and Risk Assessment, Risk Management


Information Exchange Related to Export of Banned or Severely Restricted Chemicals


Confidentiality & Proprietary Rights


Chemical Accidents


Pollutant Release and Transfer Register


Illegal Trade in Pesticides


Genetically Modified Organisms


Council Acts relating to specific (groups of) substances




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