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About IPCS

The International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS) is a cooperative venture of the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The central unit for IPCS is located at WHO.

The IPCS was established following the international concern about chemicals expressed at the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in 1972 and in response to the resolution of the World Health Assembly. It was set up to provide international assessments of the risks to health and the environment of chemicals and to strengthen capabilities and capacities in countries for sound management of chemicals.

The main objective of the IPCS is to carry out and disseminate evaluations of the effects of chemicals on human health and the quality of the environment. Supporting activities include the development of epidemiological, experimental laboratory, and risk-assessment methods that could produce internationally comparable results, and the development of manpower in the field of toxicology. Other activities carried out by the IPCS include the development of know-how for coping with chemical accidents, coordination of laboratory testing and epidemiological studies, and promotion of research on the mechanisms of the biological action of chemicals.

IPCS INCHEM was produced in order to consolidate relevant data on chemical information which are available from international bodies.

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