Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)

DENR Assistant Secretary and Concurrent EMB Director Juan Miguel T. Cuna at the Fourth Session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4), 30 September 2015, in Geneva Switzerland. (Photo credit: http://www/

The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) is a policy framework that aims to promote chemical safety throughout their life cycle, so that by 2020, chemicals are used in ways that minimize significant adverse impacts on human health and the environment. This “2020 goal” was adopted by the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 as part of the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.
Focal Office:
Environmental Management Bureau (EMB)
Focal Persons:
High Level
       Undersecretary for International Affairs and Foreign Assisted Programs
       Department of Environment and Natural Resources
       Tel. Nos. - (632) 928 1186 / 929 6626 Local 2268

National Focal Point
       Assistant Secretary for Field Operations - Luzon
       Department of Environment and Natural Resources
       Tel. No. 925-2328 / 929-6626 local 2287 / 755-3330 local 1121
The country undertakes various efforts and initiatives in addressing the sound management of chemicals in the aspects of governance through the development of chemicals regulatory policy, standards and guidelines; risk reduction initiatives; regulators’ training-capacity building; industry and institutional partnerships; international cooperation and networking programs. 
Policy Issuances:
DENR Administrative Order 2013-24 - Chemical Control Order (CCO) for Lead and Lead Compounds
DENR Administrative Order No. 1997-38 - Chemical Control Order for Mercury and Mercury Compounds
DENR Administrative Order No. 2002-02 - Establishment and Management of Community-Based Program in Protected Areas
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The following major initiatives and efforts highlighted the country's current compliance with SAICM:
1. Setting a 90ppm threshold limit for Lead in Paints
Currently, DENR-EMB is working on strategies to effectively implement prohibition of lead paints in architectural, decorative and household paints in 2016 as stated in the CCO.  In the interim, the DENR is a member of the Technical Committee 25. This was initiated by DTI-Bureau of Philippine Standards to develop the standards with the 90ppm threshold limit.  The EMB is also conducting on-site inspection of paint manufacturing plants to advice them on lead prohibitions as pigments, drying agents and their intentional use.
2. Implementation of a Globally Harmonized System (GHS)
One-year reactivation of training and orientation seminars for regulators and industry representatives on GHS for chemical industry. The first was in Luzon in November 2015, the second in Visayas in April 2016 and the 3rd in Mindanao in June 2016.
3. Revision of the Chemical Control Order (CCO) for Mercury and Mercury Compounds
To incorporate the various concerns on Mercury products prohibited by the Minamata Convention, the regulation on mercury is being revised, such as the Specific Requirements and Standards under GHS policy, interim measures to address the existing and allowable uses of mercury, banning of mercury (amalgamation) in mining and metallurgical operations  and the phase-out schedule.
4. Quick Start Programme (QSP) of SAICM
The DENR-EMB has completed the Final Report of the Philippines SAICM QSP on Developing a National Strategic Plan for the Phase-Out of Mercury in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining  (ASGM).
Another QSP is the Development of an Effective National Chemical Safety Program Towards Chemical Poisoning Prevention and Control.  It was handled by the DOH and already completed and submitted to UNEP.
5.Code of Practice for Asbestos
There is a proposed Memorandum Circular (MC) for a Code of Practice for Asbestos that shall provide practical guidance and information for proper dismantling, transport and disposal of Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) for concerned industries, regulators, workers and health professionals.

Under the Title II (Chemical Management) of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 6969, the policy formulation/amendment directions, implementation, and enforcement of DENR-EMB is in line with the SAICM Goal “to achieve the sound management of chemicals throughout their life-cycle so that, by 2020, chemicals are used and produced in ways that lead to the minimization of significant adverse effects on human health and the environment”.

Efforts also  include the implementation of Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, and the issuance of several Chemical Control Orders (CCO), including a CCO prohibiting/limiting use of Lead and Lead compounds.
This Page was updated on 02 May 2017 and will be updated on 04 September 2017
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