BOGOTA, MEDELLIN, CALI and BARRANQUILLA, 11 - 14 June 2019 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), together with the Swiss Secretariat of State for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Colombian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism (MINCIT) through Colombia Productiva, launched the Quality Programme for the Chemical Value Chain in four of the country's main cities, namely Bogotá, Medellín, Cali and Barranquilla. Overall, the Programme seeks to contribute to the quality and international competitiveness of one of the highest added-value industries of the Colombian manufacturing sector by providing quality infrastructure public goods and supporting the implementation of main national policies.
During the four events, different technical regulation topics were addressed, including the adoption of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for the management and labelling of chemical substances; the new mandatory register of chemical substances for industrial use; the OECD Good Laboratory Practices, etc.
“Minor risks, better work environments, better product development and compliance with requirements of foreign markets are some of the advantages of implementing the GHS”, said Fabián Benzo, UNITAR GHS Expert. “All GQSP Colombia activities will be free of charge and will be available at www.gqspcolombia.org”, said UNIDO National Technical Coordinator Helen Mier. “In total, the Programme will benefit over 470 chemical companies and 126 conformity assessment laboratories/test facilities that provide services”.
The events, which were attended by more than 450 people, brought together companies from all sectors of the chemical industry, as well as institutions, laboratories and universities.
For more information, please contact:
Juan Pablo Diaz-Castillo
Project Manager of the GQSP Colombia
National Technical Coordinator:
Helen Jhoana Mier Giraldo