UN/ECE Comprehensive Chemical Legislation Database (CHEMLEX)
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE) launched
a database on chemical legislation (CHEMLEX) from 25 countries on
CD-ROM. The database covers 15 sectors of the chemical industry, including
asbestos, fertilizers, materials in contact with foodstuffs, transport
of dangerous chemicals, and labeling. Over 600 text summaries are
given, with complete reference to the original acts. The database
is searchable by country, keyword, act reference, and date. Acts are
chained as well (so amendments to an act can be found with the act
itself). Summaries and titles are generally provided in the original
language, as well as in English.
The database, which also includes European Community directives,
is intended to provide useful information and guidelines for countries
worldwide that still have little or no chemical legislation. It will
also give manufacturing companies, trading companies, legislators,
and lawyers instant access to information that is normally difficult
to obtain. It should also appeal to institutes studying industrial
development, trade, and investment possibilities. The research was
undertaken with assistance from the European Commission.
A major nontariff barrier to trade in chemical products is the lack
of harmonized legislation in the chemical industry in various countries.
With many countries having very little or no chemical legislation,
numerous problems arise in trade, as well as in the domestic arena.
Examples of chemical legislation already in force in the major industrialized
countries can be models for those countries needing to create effective
legislation, preferably in harmony with existing legislation in other
countries. Such legislation is necessary for improved working conditions,
transportation regulations, labeling of products, environmental parameters,
and other factors in the worldwide chemical industry.
Priced at USD 250, the CD-ROM may be ordered through the normal United
Nations publications sales agencies or direct from the United Nations
sales offices in New York or Geneva. Please quote ISBN number 92-1-100776-3
or sales number GV.E.98.0.1 7.
Further information can be obtained from: Howard Hornfeld, UN/ECE
Trade Division, Enterprise Development Program, Palais des Nations,
429-3, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 917 32 54; Fax: +41 22 917 01 78; E-mail: email@example.com
Web site: http://www.unece.org/indust/chem.htm
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