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.

Policy seminars and thematic technical workshops

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.