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Standards Alliance Workshop on Sharing Best Practices in Chemicals Regulation

On August 22-23, 2017, the Standards Alliance in partnership with the American Chemistry Council (ACC) organized a workshop during the APEC meetings on "Sharing Best Practices in Chemical Regulations" in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. The workshop was an extension of the 2014, Beijing Regulatory Cooperation Workshop designed to deepen knowledge management in regulatory cooperation, through a capacity-building training program for APEC regulators. Having identified a need for sustained training rather than-off-training, the program includes a three-step capacity building activity based on tangible outcomes comprised of:

  • pre-training coursework qualification element delivered by webinars conducted earlier this month;
  • face to face training with best practice case studies and specific applications in a workshop setting; and
  • a follow-up webinar series on specific chemical regulatory concepts.

The overall objective of the program was to link regulator knowledge with practical application. It was designed to enhance regional economic integration in chemicals through knowledge sharing, capacity building, and regulatory cooperation and convergence.  Workshop participants were able to exchange information on best practices in the sound management of chemicals, in order to increase the capability and capacity of developing economies.

13 APEC member countries attended the event including over 75 participants presenting public and private sector organizations, i.e., the Australian Government Department of Health, Ministry of Health of Chile, the Federation of Thai Industries, United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Labor, OMB OIRA, BOYSEN, ASTM International and many more.

The Standards Alliance engagement with Viet Nam provides an important means of fostering the increasingly significant economic relationship between the U.S. and Viet Nam. According to the Vietnam General Department of Customs, Vietnam has a trade surplus with nearly $13.4 billion in export revenue and more than $4.6 billion in import value. The US remains Vietnam’s biggest trading partner in the region, with export-import turnover rising 20 percent to $13.9 billion in the reviewed period.

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