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About IOMC

The IOMC (Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals) brings together ten intergovernmental organizations actively involved in chemical safety. The IOMC was established in 1995, following recommendations made by the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development and in particular those in Chapter 19 of Agenda 21 about toxic chemicals.


The objective of the IOMC is to strengthen international cooperation in the field of chemicals and to increase the effectiveness of the organizations’ international chemicals programmes. The IOMC promotes coordination 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 vision is to shape a sustainable future through coordinated global action to achieve the sound lifecycle management of chemicals and waste for healthy lives and the environment.

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