International Training Programme (ITP)

During the period 2018–2023, 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 consists of several programme sessions.

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 will have 25-30 participants per programme. Each ITP session 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 training 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, Asia and Latin America may also be considered. The course language is English, there will be no translation in other languages.

The first session of the programme (ITP320/1) was completed in 2018, the second (ITP320/2) was completed in 2019. The third session of the programme (ITP320/3) was completed in the autumn 2020. Its final phase was carried out digitally due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The fourth session (ITP320/4) is ongoing, and has so far been conducted online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The final part of the session is scheduled for 13-17 September 2021 and will also be conducted online.

The fifth session of the programme (ITP320/5) is scheduled to start in November 2021. This programme session will start with a digital introduction 22 – 26 November 2021. The training in Sweden will be held on 21 March – 8 April 2022 in Stockholm. The programme session will be finalized 21 – 25 November 2022 in one of the participating countries. The planning and implementation of the program session may be affected by the development of the situation with COVID-19.

Apply to the ITP

To apply for the fifth programme session, visit Sida’s ITP portal. External link. The period for application starts 5 July 2021 and deadline for application is 30 August 2021.

Last published 22 June 2021