The International Panel on Chemical Pollution (IPCP) was established in 2008 due to an increasing awareness of the chemical cocktail humans and the environment are exposed to, and due to the identification of a critical gap in the communication between science, policy and the public. The IPCP aims to provide leadership in identifying priority topics of concern and bridging the gap between science, policy and the public.
IPCP – an international network of researchers
To solve the major problems of chemical pollution, broad and highly effective international cooperation is required. The IPCP wants to provide a global network of scientists within the field of environmental chemistry. Emerging issues can be addressed in working groups, where a topic can be thoroughly reviewed. The IPCP network is open to academic scientists from all over the world to become members. In addition, stakeholders such as policy makers, NGOs and industry will be invited to share their opinions and will be informed about outputs.
IPCP aims to develop a scientifically sound and balanced view of major issues of chemical pollution and evaluate different options for chemicals management. Based on its scientific expertise, the IPCP supports political processes at the national and international level.
The main goals of the IPCP are:
- to initiate, prepare and disseminate condensed state-of-the-science documentation on all aspects of environmentally relevant chemicals
- to act internationally and in countries with particular needs for improving knowledge regarding chemicals for them to manage issues related to chemicals
- to offer the scientific expertise accumulated within IPCP to international organizations, national governments and other parties for discussions and review of all aspects of the scientific basis for regional and/or global management of chemicals.