The overall (long term) objective is that participating countries have obtained further insight in relations between chemicals management in the supply and use chain, economic growth and improved health and environment. The programme should both suit the participants’ needs and contibute to poverty reduction by promoting sustainable use of chemicals.
The mid-term objective (3-5 years), is that an organisational change takes place or becomes further developed, in which participants use knowledge and tools gained from the programme. In this way, rules, regulations and institutional infrastructures can be developed for improved chemicals management at a national level.
After the programme, the participants’ competence to work for an efficient chemicals management in their countries should have been enhanced.
The programme is designed to provide participants with knowledge and experiences of the key elements needed for initiating and developing an efficient chemicals control system, focusing on preventive measures.
Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe are prioritized countries. Candidates from other countries in the region with potential and wish to develop chemicals management on a national level may also apply. The target group primarily includes persons holding a position in ministries or authorities with a mandate to initiate and run processes of change according to the programme’s objectives. Applicants should have a relevant university degree in technical or natural sciences, or other relevant university education. Nomination of at least two persons from the institution or country is encouraged. Selected candidates are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas and validity of passport well ahead of the start of the programme. Inquiries should be directed to the respective Embassy/Consulate of Sweden or other Schengen representation entities as soon as possible after acceptance to the programme.
English will be used as the working language throughout the programme.
An overall perspective of chemicals management is in focus, including the advantages and disadvantages of different ways of organising roles and responsibilities through legislation. Key elements of preventive chemicals management are covered: legislation, enforcement, chemicals management in practice, data on current situation and trends in use of chemicals, awareness, hazard assessment, exposure assessment, risk assessment and methods for risk management. Relations between preventive chemicals control and areas such as pollution control, occupational safety and health, waste management, product development and trade will also be addressed.
The participants’ work on a change project is an integrated and important part of the programme and is aimed to be a step forward in the development of the national chemicals control in the home country. The project should be a part of the participants´ordinary work and be finished before the regional phase.
OrganisationSwedish Chemicals Agency
AddressSwedish Chemicals Agency
Telephone+46 8 519 41 100
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