Chemicals Committee



Jay West

American Chemicals Council

(United States)


Secretariat Lead

Dominik Kümmerle

Policy Director and Strategic Communications


France Capon

European Precious Metals Federation



Ladislav Novák


(Czech Republic)


Tokuo Sukata

Japan Chemical Industry Association


  • 01.

    Why OECD Work on Chemicals Policy Matters

    OECD work on chemicals assists countries to develop policies and instruments that make chemicals management as efficient and robust as possible, while protecting health and the environment. In this context, the Organization administers over 19 diverse legal instruments, including on chemical safety and accidents, the exchange of confidential chemicals data or the Polluter-Pays Principle. By avoiding duplicative data requirements, the OECD Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) program generates cost savings of over 309 million Euros annually for governments and business.

  • 03.

    How Business Engages with the OECD on Chemicals Policy

    Our Chemicals Committee enables private sector access to the wide range of OECD activities on chemicals management and safety. Leveraging our members’ technical expertise, we contribute to the development of policies and instruments for chemical testing and assessment, foster the exchange of information, and provide an institutional framework for private sector engagement. Our Chemicals Committee meets bi–annually and convenes additional thematic ad-hoc sessions. Members provide their expertise to specific OECD workstreams on an ongoing basis.
  • 02.

    Our 2024 Priorities

    • Supporting the Mutual Acceptance of Data and other instruments of cooperation
    • Harmonizing methodologies for the risk/safety assessment of chemicals
    • Developing common tools and approaches for the risk management of chemicals
    • Engaging on instruments for the prevention of chemical accidents and pollution
    • Updating selected OECD Council’s Acts and legal instruments related to chemicals
  • 04.

    Our Engagement with OECD Bodies

    • OECD Chemicals and Biotechnology Committee
    • OECD Working Group of National Coordinators of the Test Guidelines Program
    • OECD Working Group on Pesticides
    • OECD Working Group on Chemical Accidents
    • OECD Working Party on Risk Management
    • OECD Task Force on Hazard Assessment
    • OECD Task Force on Exposure Assessment
    • OECD Task Force on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers