Sign-on Campaign: Academic Scientists Call for a New Global Science-Policy Body

UPDATE: The IPCP, an independent international network of academic researchers in the field of chemical pollution, invites you to voice your support for establishing a global science-policy body on chemicals and waste. To show your support, please fill out the online form here. An international group of academic scientists is calling for a global intergovernmental science-policy body for informing policymakers, businesses, and the public about reducing harm from chemical pollution. In a peer-reviewed article published on February 18, 2021 in the journal read more

General Assembly 2020

DATE: Thursday, December 3, 2020 TIME: 2-4 PM Central European Due to the global pandemic social distancing measures and travel restrictions, the 2020 General Assembly of the IPCP will take place remotely. All IPCP members are welcome and should save the date.

The Toronto Star Op-Ed: Are We Locked into a Plastic Future?

By Miriam Diamond & Zhanyun Wang, IPCP Board Members The federal government recently (re)announced its intention to ban several single use plastics as part of the government’s commitment of reducing plastic waste to zero by 2030. A day earlier, Alberta signalled its intention to increase the province’s capacity for recycling plastic, in line with the government’s commitment to bolster the plastic industry. Again, the federal and Alberta governments appear to be at odds with each other. And we are all the read more

Strengthening the Science-Policy Interface: IPCP Analysis Published

The sound management of chemicals and waste is an important component to achieve sustainable, inclusive, and resilient human development as defined in the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. However, the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) will end in 2020, and currently an Intersessional Process is taking place to define the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020. One key topic for discussion is whether the science-policy interface (SPI) within the chemicals and waste cluster should be strengthened, e.g., read more

Publication of the ‘Zürich Statement on Future Actions on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs)’

A group of more than thirty academic and government scientists, in conjunction with regulators from agencies across the globe, have jointly outlined a set of needs, goals, and actions to help assess and manage the diverse and widely used group of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in the future. The Statement has been published in the open access journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The Statement stresses that, while well-known legacy PFASs such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) have been investigated read more

Overview Reports on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Now Publicly Available

In January 2016, the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) commissioned the International Panel on Chemical Pollution (IPCP) to develop a set of three overview reports on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). The reports focus on a review of existing initiatives to identify EDCs and on existing scientific knowledge of the life cycles, environmental exposure, effects, legislation, and measures and gaps regarding EDCs and potential EDCs (as of July 2017): Overview Report I: Worldwide initiatives to identify endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) read more

International Workshop Supporting the Dialogue Between Science and Policy on PFASs at ETH Zurich

On November 9-10, 2017 the Safety and Environmental Technology Group at ETH Zurich in Switzerland hosted an international workshop to support dialogue between scientists and regulators on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). Over 45 invited participants attended the two-day event, including academic and government scientists from a wide range of fields and regulators from many countries and organizations. A number of IPCP member scientists took part. The workshop started with presentations from participants to summarize the current state of the read more

IPCP Board Member Elections 2017

The election committee, including Robert Letcher with assistance of Anna Soehl, coordinated the board elections with the goal to fill six vacancies. The IPCP board is composed of up to ten experts. The IPCP board is thankful to the election committee for the successful elections. The following board members have been reelected to serve another term: Christian Bogdal, Martin Scheringer, Noriyuki Suzuki, Shu Tao, and Jana Weiss. A new member, Thomas Backhaus, is welcomed to the IPCP board! IPCP is very much looking forward to working read more

IPCP Launches Project on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

The IPCP is pleased to announce the launch of a one-year project on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). We gratefully acknowledge financial support by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The goal of the project is to synthesize five overview reports that reflect the current status of scientific knowledge on the environmental exposure and associated effects of known EDCs and selected potential EDCs. One of the reports will also summarize existing regulatory frameworks that target EDCs across the globe. The project read more

ISEH 2016 & Geoinformatics 2016

IPCP is a partner of the Joint International Conference on Environment, Health, GIS and Agriculture 2016, taking place in Galway, Ireland, August 14 – 20, 2016. The joint conference provides a historic opportunity for international experts working in several closely related areas of environment, health, geographical information system (GIS) and agriculture, to meet and share the latest understanding of the ever growing challenges between humans and our changing environment. The ISEH (International Symposium on Environment and Health) conference series provides read more

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