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Industry and IUPAC Meeting Halfway

A World Chemistry Leadership Meeting (WCLM) has been proposed to bring together senior academic and industrial figures to discuss the changing regulatory environment for chemistry in the world. The meeting, which would take place during the 41st IUPAC World Chemistry Congress in Torino in August 2007, was suggested during discussions at the IUPAC Committee on Chemistry and Industry (COCI), held in Chicago, Illinois, USA, from 20-21 July 2006.

IUPAC has an obvious interest in the development of the chemical sciences and the regulatory environment in which they are deployed by industry. The purpose of the meeting would be to identify IUPAC-sponsored or supported research projects that would benefit both science and industry. IUPAC has previously organized such large projects, including a study on endocrine disrupting chemicals that helped move the science forward significantly and provided new perspectives. This project will aim to share views on health and environment issues facing both science and industry in the context of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM),1 Registration, Authorization, and Evaluation of Chemicals (REACH),2 and industry responses through the Global Product Strategy and Responsible Care initiatives. In particular, it may be very useful to develop aligned or joint perspectives on the safety and use (both intentional and unintentional) of chemicals.

Another important area of focus could be biomonitoring, where IUPAC is concerned that the results from analytical science are correctly presented and interpreted, and that international standards for the use of biomonitoring techniques are established. The establishment of such international frameworks would be very useful in ensuring that biomonitoring can be a bona fide tool for the risk assessment of chemicals in the body.

For more information contact the IUPAC secretariat <[email protected]> or COCI officers — visit <www.iupac.org/standing/coci.html>

> Follow-up info (9 Apr 07)

<announcement published in Chem. Int. Nov-Dec 2006>
reprint from Research & Science, Cefic members newsletter, 30 August 2006

1 SAICM <www.chem.unep.ch/saicm>
2 REACH <http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/

> see 2005 WCLM

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