Chemicals Management in the environment sector

Introduction: MEAs
Related Branch: Chemicals and Waste Management



Introduction: Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs)


The Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) relating to chemicals in the country aim to protect human health and the environment from the harmful effects of chemicals.

The national Department of Environmental Affairs acts as a focal point and the designated national authority for the implementation of the obligation of MEAs that relate to chemicals and waste of which a country is party to, or has accepted or signed.

Government wishes to protect the environment and in turn human health from the harmful effects of chemicals and would rather have industry being more pro-active and compliant to instruments (international, regional and national) aimed at environmentally sound management of chemicals in a life cycle approach than using the stick approach. 

The role of government is to assist industry in their responsibilities regarding chemicals management by sharing information, forming partnerships, drafting and enforcing relevant legislation to manage industry.


Strategic Approach International Chemicals Management






Research articles


Rotterdam Convention





Basel Convention






Minamata Convention






Vienna Convention for the protection of the Ozone Layer





Stockholm Convention




Relevant legal instruments in South Africa





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