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UNEP Guidance on the Development of Legal and Institutional Infrastructures for Sound Management of Chemicals and Measures for Recovering Costs of National Administration (LIRA-Guidance)

The ultimate objective of UNEP DTIE SMC Mainstreaming Programme is the development, financing and implementation of coherent and efficient SMC activities at the national level in support of sustainable development. In particular, a major priority for many countries is strengthening the legal framework and institutional arrangements providing the framework for SMC. However, the infrastructures also need to include relevant authorities for sustainable financing mechanisms to sustain national SMC infrastructures. Economic instruments – most particularly administrative cost recovery mechanisms – are recognized as one set of policy mechanisms that are ripe for further exploration for national financing of chemicals management.

With the financial assistance of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, which has been arranged by the Swedish Chemicals Agency, KemI, and in close cooperation with Governments from developed and developing countries, IOMC and other organizations, private sector and civil society, UNEP DTIE Chemicals Branch is developing the Guidance on the Development of Legal and Institutional Infrastructures for Sound Management of Chemicals and Measures for Recovering the Costs of National Administration. The Guidance builds on and complements the UNEP SMC Mainstreaming Programme.

Comprehensive chemicals management frameworks include measures for managing chemicals at every step of their life-cycle. However, tackling gaps and inconsistencies in the whole chemicals management legal framework at the same time would certainly prove very demanding, especially in the context of scarce capacity and resources characterizing most DCs. The current focus is therefore on managing the introduction of chemicals into the market. The establishment of such infrastructures provides a cost-effective enabling framework for life-cycle chemicals management.

By facilitating the development of coherent chemicals management frameworks at the national level, the Guidance work also contributes to the joint implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions in line with the synergies process.


This section provides information about the development of the LIRA-Guidance. Click on the links in the section’s map to access specific sub-sections.

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The Guidance on Development of Legislation, Administrative Infrastructures and Recovery of Administrative Costs (LIRA-guidance) is now published.

The guidance aims at providing practical, step-by-step support to policy makers for strengthening national legislation and institutional set-ups for achieving sound management of chemicals including proposals for measures for financing necessary administration activities in this regard.