India forms committee to create chemicals policy action plan

In April, the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change formed the National Coordination Committee (NCC) to create a National Action Plan for Chemicals (NAPC), addressing chemical regulation, management, and pollution in India. The Constitution of the NCC states that the committee will provide overall guidance and direction to the project, in addition to technical advice on the production, import and consumption of chemicals. Its views will be sought on: A policy framework, particularly for chemical registration; The development of infrastructure for analysis of chemicals and their effects; Revisions to existing legislation; and Meeting India’s obligations under international treaties, such as the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and the Rotterdam Convention on the prior informed consent (PIC) procedure for the shipment of restricted hazardous chemicals and pesticides. The NCC is due to produce its report by 15 September 2017.

Chemtrac, 14 June 2017 ; ;