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Vol. 21, No.2, March 1999

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Chemistry International
Vol. 21, No. 2

March 1999

New Books and Publications

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UN/ECE Comprehensive Chemical Legislation Database (CHEMLEX) on CD-ROM

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:

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