International Training Programme (ITP)

During the period 2018–2024, 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.

General information

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 a programme session. 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 and financed by the organisations nominating the 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 Autumn 2020.
The fourth session (ITP320/4) was conducted online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fifth session of the programme (ITP320/5) started in November 2021. The implementation of the program session was affected by the development of the situation with COVID-19 and the digital introduction and main training were carried out digitally. The programme session was finalized with a two-week meeting in Sweden in November 2022.

The sixth session (ITP 320/6) started with a digital introduction 12-16 September 2022, followed by the training in Sweden 10-28 October, and was finalised by the regional phase 8-12 May 2023 in Zambia.

The final seventh session (ITP 320/7) started with a digital introduction 6-10 February 2023. The training in Sweden was held 13-31 March. The session was finalised by the project seminar 16-20 October 2023 in Tanzania.

To read more about the ITP, visit KemI's training portal External link. and select Course catalogue to see the programme.

Last published 8 January 2024