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International Capacity Development Programme – Developing Strategies for National Chemicals Management

During the period 2018–2022, the Swedish Chemicals Agency will organise and run the International Capacity Development Programme “Developing Strategies for National Chemicals Management”. The programme is funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

The programme includes seven Advanced International Training Programmes (ITP) and a number of supporting policy seminars for senior managers and thematic technical workshops.

The programme is focused on how the control of chemical products at a national level can be established and organised. The programme deals, for instance, with how a country can develop its knowledge about the chemical substances and mixtures available to it, how to retrieve and communicate knowledge about the properties of the chemicals, and how to carry out risk assessments. It also looks at the different strategies a country can apply to achieve risk reduction and to introduce methods for checking compliance with the regulations.

The programme is primarily intended for ministries and authorities in cooperation countries in order to provide the participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop national preventive chemicals control strategies suitable in the local context. This includes relevant legislation, institutional capacity and systems of enforcement.

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Advanced International Training Programme (ITP)

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The ITP:s will have 25-30 participants per programme. Each ITP consists of a change project supported by a three-week training course in Sweden plus a one-week project follow-up seminar in one of the participating countries. The individual change projects should be endorsed by the organisations nominating candidates to the ITP and be an integrated part of the work plan of the organisation. The results of the change project should be presented at the project seminar, about six months after the course in Sweden.

The programme main beneficiaries are government officials working in ministries and authorities in cooperation countries. However, candidates from other relevant organisations with a responsibility and mandate to develop national chemicals management may also be considered. The programme covers all travels, accommodation and course material. Financial support for the change project is however not included.

The prioritised countries for the ITP are Albania, Moldova, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Laos. Candidates from other countries in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia may also be considered. The course language is English, there will be no translation in other languages.

The first ITP was initiated in Sweden 9-27 April 2018 and will be concluded in Tanzania 26-30 November 2018.

Apply to the next ITP-programme

The next ITP will be held in Sweden 6-24 May 2019 and in one of the participating countries 9-13 December 2019.

More information is available in the Invitation brochure. 

To apply you need to fill in the Sida application form electronically, sign it, scan and submit it through our online application system. 

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Policy seminars and thematic technical workshops

Policy seminar for Latin America and the Caribbean

Title: Developing strategies for national chemicals management – An international training programme focusing on preventive chemicals control

The three-day seminar (22-24 October 2018) is organized in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in cooperation with CETESB, the Stockholm Convention Regional Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean Region (GRULAC). It will address key topics in preventive chemicals control as well as introduce the regional "Training Programme on key elements and strategies for sound chemicals management" to be implemented by CETESB in the GRULAC region.

Government officials at ministries and authorities in nine countries in the region, in addition to Brazil, will be invited. The expected total number of participants is 25 to 30. The key topics to be covered at the seminar include:

  • Chemicals and the sustainable development goals
  • Hazard assessment: classification, labelling and Safety Data Sheets
  • Exposure assessment
  • Risk assessment and Risk management
  • Legislation, institutions and financing
  • Enforcement
  • Stakeholders and actors – roles and responsibilities
  • Capacity development and regional cooperation

The seminar will be followed by two days of bilateral (KemI-CETESB) discussions on the future training programme in the GRULAC region.

Thematic Technical Workshop

Title: Risk Assessment and Risk Management of Highly Hazardous Pesticides

This training provides participants with an understanding of the basic principles of risk assessment and risk management of pesticides as well as basic skills to perform such assessments. The emphasis is on highly hazardous pesticides and on the use of peer reviewed and accessible information for the assessment and management of such pesticides nationally.

The training is aimed primarily at pesticide regulators, inspectors, public health pest control managers and others working in the field of pesticide/chemicals management. The training also seeks to establish and promote existing networks of experts which can further share their knowledge with other relevant colleagues (train the trainers).

The training will be offered to 25 participants and held in Arusha, Tanzania 12-16 November 2018. The closing date for application is 1 October. Selected candidates will be notified no later than 8 October.

More information about the workshop and application.

Policy seminar for senior managers in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia

Title: Preventive chemicals control – an overview

This three-day seminar will be organized in Sundbyberg at the Swedish Chemicals Agency in early spring 2019 with a purpose to discuss the following:

  • Chemicals control – why, how and by who?
  • Leadership and organizational development of institutions
  • ITP as a supporting tool for national chemicals management

The seminar will be offered to 12 senior managers.