International Training Programme (IPT)

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 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 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 programme (ITP320/1) was completed in 2018, the second (ITP320/2) was completed in 2019. The third programme (ITP320/3) was initiated at the Swedish Chemicals Agency 30 September – 18 October 2019 and will be concluded by an online project seminar 28 September - 2 October 2020.

The Advanced International Training Programme (ITP) scheduled 16 March – 3 April 2020 (ITP320/4) has been postponed.

The decision was taken in consultation with the crisis management team at KemI and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) due to the rapidly evolving circumstances regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19).

New dates for ITP320/4 are 12-30 October 2020 for an initial online part of the programme. Further planning for the rest of the programme will depend on development of the circumstances regarding COVID-19.

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The subsequent programme (ITP320/5) has also been postponed. Information will follow on this website.

Last published 24 September 2020