Applying Precaution in the context of chemical safety

Tools, case examples, and selected references

The fifth session of the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (Forum V) held in 2006 identified and agreed on a series of potential next steps to support developing countries and countries with economies in transition that wish to utilize tools and approaches in applying precaution in domestic chemicals management activities. The recommended potential next steps include practical activities that could enhance preventive and precautionary chemicals safety efforts and collaboration across countries.
The Recommendation contained two general areas of work:

1. Provision of information to developing countries and countries with economies in transition on tools and approaches for making decisions in the face of uncertainty and/or applying precaution in the domestic context; and
2. Capacity building/skill sharing initiatives to support application of tools and approaches for making decisions in the face of uncertainty and/or applying precaution in the domestic context.

Download the IFCS Forum V Recommendation:
(English, French, and Spanish. For other languages please see
the IFCS Forum V Executive Summary)

Forum V requested that actions be taken prior to Forum VI to implement the identified next steps with the intention of contributing to the implementation of SAICM. The recommendation included a short term first step which was to “invite and encourage IFCS participants to make available such information, assistance, and tools and approaches as described above”.

Development of a “portal” to tools, approaches, and practical case examples for applying precaution in chemicals safety is an important first priority in this effort.

General Information:

The listing of information and resources is intended to provide information and guidance.
The mention of specific resources or their producers does not imply that they are endorsed or recommended by the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety in preference to others of a similar nature that are not mentioned.

Suggestions of additional case examples, tools and references for listing on the IFCS website may be submitted to the IFCS Secretariat