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Results of the Tripartite Policy Dialogue on Chemical Management in China, Japan and Korea. Tokyo, Japan, November 7-9.

November 12, 2007

Tripartite Policy Dialogue on Chemicals Management in China, Japan and Korea which was organized by Japan Ministry of the Environment, was held from November 7th to 9th, 2007 in Tokyo, Japan. The workshop segment of the Dialogue was held on the first two days with participation of more than 30 experts from government, academia and industry in China, Japan, Korea, and the United States (only as observers). In the workshop, participants actively discussed and recognized such common understandings that the three countries should take actions to facilitate the harmonious implementation of GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals).
On the last day, a government officials meeting was held between the three countries. In the meeting the officials agreed upon several principles and forms of future co-operation in chemicals management, and that future policy dialogue should be held in the three countries on an annual basis in a rotating manner. The next meeting will be held in Korea.
The outcome from this policy dialogue will be reported to the 9th Tripartite Environmental Ministers Meeting (TEMM9) to be held in Toyama, Japan in December 2007.

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