Risk management of chemicals


OECD assists countries in developing methodologies for both governments and industry to manage risks posed by chemicals and, when appropriate, to harmonise risk management activities on particular chemicals.

Video interview: What are the benefits of a Best Available Technique-based approach

Marit Hjort of the OECD discusses the emergence of BAT policies, the benefits of implementing BAT-based policies and the need to measure their impacts to mitigate industrial pollution.

Read the OECD’s new report on Best Available Techniques (BAT): Measuring the Effectiveness of BAT Policies (2019).



Areas of work

Substitution of harmful chemicals

harmful chemicalsOECD has established an Ad Hoc Group on the Substitution of Harmful Chemicals with the goal of furthering tools and approaches to support decision making for the substitution of chemicals of concern.

Sustainable Chemistry

sustainable chemistrySustainable chemistry encompasses the design, manufacture and use of efficient, effective, safe and more environmentally benign chemical products and processes. ‌‌‌‌‌‌

Perfluorinated Chemicals

PFCsThe OECD/UNEP Global Perfluorinated Chemicals Group was established to facilitate the exchange of information on PFCs and to support a global transition towards safer alternatives.‌‌

Best Available Techniques to Prevent & Control Industrial Chemical Pollution

Icon BAT Best Available Techniques The overall objective of the project is to assist governments to implement policies and practices that embody BAT (or similar concepts) to prevent and control industrial emissions.

Classification and Labelling

classification and labellingThe OECD actively aims to harmonise the international classification of hazardous chemicals. Classification divides chemical substances and mixtures into different categories, based on their physical properties and health and environmental hazards.‌‌‌

Costs and benefits of managing chemicals

Cost and benefits of managing chemicalsThis work supports the socio-economic analysis of management of chemicals by allowing a better quantification and monetisation of health and environmental impacts.


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