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Saving Costs in Chemicals Management

How the OECD Ensures Benefits to Society

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The chemical industry is one of the largest industrial sectors in the world and is expected to grow fourfold by 2060. Indeed modern life without chemicals would be inconceivable. Given the potential environmental and human health risks from exposure to chemicals, governments and industry have a major responsibility to ensure that chemicals are produced and used safely.



The OECD assists countries in developing and implementing policies and instruments that protect human health and the environment, and in making their systems for managing chemicals as efficient as possible. To eliminate duplication of work and avoid non-tariff barriers to trade, emphasis has been on developing shared frameworks for gathering and assessing information on potential chemical risks. The time-tested OECD Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) system provides a major basis for generating savings to governments and industry. This report provides an overview of the benefits and estimates the total savings from OECD work to be more than EUR 309 million per year.

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Quantifying the costs and savings of the OECD Environment, Health and Safety Programme

This chapter summarises the approach used to quantify the costs to governments and industry participating in the OECD Environment, Health and Safety Programme as well as the savings they derive from participating in the programme. It looks at the costs to the participating countries’ and Secretariat costs. It then discusses the savings due to reducing duplicative testing of new and existing industrial chemicals, pesticides and biocides; using harmonised dossiers for pesticide registrations and harmonised country pesticide review reports; and reducing the number of test animals.

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