The goal of the IPCP is to collect scientific knowledge about issues of chemical pollution and to provide summaries and interpretations of the available knowledge for decision makers and the public.

There are several major groups of chemicals such as: pesticides and biocides; pharmaceuticals; industrial chemicals such as solvents, flame retardants and plastic softeners; and unwanted by-products such as polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and furans. In total, there are several tens of thousands of chemicals on the market worldwide. Chemicals are released from many sources, enter the environment, reach our food and drinking water, and cause many types of adverse effects in both humans and wildlife.


Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs)

Some chemicals frequently used by consumers can affect the endocrine (hormonal) system, which may lead to adverse effects. These chemicals are known as Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs). For example, some of these EDCs may interfere with the developmental processes of humans and wildlife. They represent a challenge, as their effects depend on both the level and timing of exposure, being especially critical when exposure occurs during development. Among chemicals used in applications such as pesticides, flame retardants, plastic additives, and read more


Challenges for POPs Monitoring (COP Side Event)

“Challenges for POPs monitoring – how can we use international synergies to support the effectiveness evaluation under the Stockholm Convention (SC)?” was the topic of a side event organized by the IPCP at the Sixth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention in Geneva, Switzerland. read more


Planetary Boundaries for Chemical Pollution (Workshop)

In 2009, Rockström et al. published a paper on “A safe operating space for humanity”. They covered 10 anthropogenic stressors of global relevance, such as climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion, ocean acidification, and also chemical pollution. Rockström et al. propose to define a “safe operating space for humanity” in terms of acceptable levels of these global stressors (“planetary boundaries”). They discuss thresholds for several of the stressors, but for chemical pollution they state that the threshold is still to be determined. read more


Training on Risk Assessment of Chemicals (SAICM QSP Project)

The IPCP is the executing agency for a SAICM QSP Project in collaboration with the governments of Armenia, Chile and Ghana. The title of the project is “Training on risk assessment for chemicals at national level in a global context”. The project commenced in July 2010 and will end in September 2014. The final synthesis workshop will be held in Stockholm, Sweden, in June 2014. The project aims to make available various methods, tools and databases for chemicals assessment to interested stakeholders in the participating countries. read more

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