Advice to Council 01-08 — Sound Management of Chemicals Program of the CEC


Sound Management of Chemicals Program of the CEC

The Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC):

IN ACCORDANCE with its mandate to provide advice to Council under Article 16(4) of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC);

GUIDED by its prior Advice to Council 99-04 on the Sound Management of Chemicals (SMOC) program of the CEC;

HAVING heard from the JPAC working group on the results of the SMOC public workshop, held 2 November 2001, in Tucson, Arizona;

MAKES the following observations and recommendations for consideration by the Council:

Public Participation

Monitoring and Assessment

Capacity Building and Public Education

Persistent Organic Pollutants

Data Quality and Accessibility

Substance Selection



The SMOC working group has requested that JPAC provide further information on its suggestion to use the meetings of the SMOC working group and task forces as educational and capacity building opportunities for both the Working Group and the public. JPAC will take up this question during its public session in conjunction with the 2002 June Council Session.