APEC Chemical Dialogue (CD)

15th APEC-CD Meeting, 25 August 2015, Cebu City (Photo source: Invest Philippines)

The Chemical Dialogue (CD) serves as a forum for regulatory officials and industry representatives to find solutions to challenges facing the chemical industry and users of chemicals in Asia-Pacific. It reflects APEC members' recognition of the importance of engaging with the private sector and building public-private sector dialogue and cooperation for mutual benefit. In 2008, APEC Ministers endorsed the the CD's Virtual Working Group report on implementation issues of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) entitled "Developing Clarity and Consistency in the Implementation of the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals" as an APEC contribution to the UN's Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).
Focal Office:
Environmental Management Bureau (EMB)
Focal Persons:
High Level
       Undersecretary for Environment and International Environmental Affairs
       Department of Environment and Natural Resources
       Tel. Nos. - (632) 928 1186 / 929 6626 Local 2268

High Level Representative
       Assistant Secretary for Field Operations - Luzon
       Department of Environment and Natural Resources
       Tel. No. 925-2328 / 929-6626 local 2287

National Focal Point
       OIC - Chief, Chemical Management Section
       DENR - Environmental Management Bureau
       Tel Nos. - (632) 928 8892 / 928 1212
Policy Issuances:
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At the CD Forum on 25 August 2015, recent updates on regulatory activities on chemical management were presented and discussed by Ms. Emmanuelita Mendoza, officer-in-charge of EMB Chemical Management Section. It covered the major programs on policy, new chemicals, online permitting system, training and monitoring including initiatives from partners such as the Samahan sa Pilipinas ng Industriyang Kimika, civil society through Ecowaste Coalition, Philippine Association of Paints Manufacturers, and other government agencies (e.g., DOH and DTI). The approval of the proposal made by the EMB on the elimination of lead-based paints in architectural, decorative, and household sectors to be implemented in 2017-2018, as stated in Section 4 of DENR Administrative Order No. 2013-24 (Chemical Control Order for Lead and Lead Compounds), was also presented.
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