To support and complement the work of the CD, a Chemical Dialogue Regulators' Forum has been established with regular meetings commencing in 2009. The objectives of the Forum are to:
- Facilitate risk reduction and the sound management of chemicals across the APEC region and as an APEC contribution to broader implementation by the UN's Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM);
- Share information and knowledge on chemicals management more broadly in the region with the increased and direct involvement of regulators;
- Bridge principles and practice - sharing tools and experience with best practices and plan opportunities for collaboration to address common concerns; and
- Discuss the nexus between chemicals management and competitiveness (including for small and medium enterprises), with a view to facilitating trade while protecting human health and the environment.
The Strategic Framework contains three shared goals: (1) expand and support cooperation and mutual recognition among chemical regulators in the region to facilitate trade; (2) enhance understanding of the chemical industry’s role as an innovative solutions industry; and (3) encourage chemical product stewardship, safe use, and sustainability. Chemical regulators routinely participate in the work of the Chemical Dialogue, especially through its Regulators Forum.
The work items in the revised CD Strategic Framework and the current action items include the following:
- To establish a multi-party virtual working group to develop a concept note on conducting a Chemical Management Best Practice Seminar;
- To involve participation of the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) in the CD meeting in 2012;
- To establish a virtual working group to develop case studies for GHS implementation for consumer products;
- To explore options to refine the reporting template to be placed on G.R.E.A.T. website;
- To draft a concept note for an industry workshop and the CD regulators’ forum and training workshop; and
- To encourage member economies to provide case studies for use in Rio+20 and SAICM.