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 Field Operations - Luzon
       Department of Environment and Natural Resources
       Tel. No. - (632) 926 2567
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       DENR - Environmental Management Bureau
       Tel. No. - (632) 920 2246
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       Chief, Environmental Quality Management Division
       DENR - Environmental Management Bureau
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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 Merucry in Artisinal 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 completed by the DOH and submitted to UNEP.
5. Code of Pratice for Asbestos
There is a proposed Memorandum Circulat (MC) for a Code of Prative for Asbestos that shall provide pratical guidance and information on proper dismantling, transport and disposal of asbestos containing material (ACM) for concerned industries, regulators, workers, and health professionals.
This Page was updated on 06 June 2018 and will be updated on 08 October 2018
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