The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will promote the implementation of the GHS in the field of pesticides through three major activities:
At its twelfth session, the Sub-Committee of experts on the GHS was informed about the results of a FAO questionnaire on the impact of the GHS on the labelling of agricultural pesticides.
The answers received showed that even though GHS implementation for pesticide labelling had been initiated in eight countries of three different regions, the majority of the countries still relied on the guidance provided by FAO and WHO (in particular the “WHO Recommended Classification of Pesticides by Hazard”) for the toxicological classification of pesticide products.
In view of the results of the questionnaire, the FAO Panel of Experts on Pesticide Management recommended that, as a transitional measure, both the existing WHO classification system and the new classification based on the GHS be included in the new “FAO Guidelines on Good Labelling Practice”. The Panel also concluded that, since the necessity of a single independent international source for the classification of pesticides had been identified, there was an urgent need to harmonize the GHS toxicological classification and the WHO classification of pesticides by hazard.
For more information, see document UN/SCEGHS/12/INF.18
The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified the following three major instruments as being the most relevant to GHS implementation:
For more information, see document UN/SCEGHS/20/INF.30
For the transport of dangerous goods, the GHS is implemented through the "UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. Model Regulations" and the following transport legal international instruments:
(a) International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code);
For the transport of dangerous goods, the GHS is implemented through the UN Model Regulations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods and the following transport legal international instruments:
The fourth revised edition of the GHS will be implemented during the period 2012-2013 once the transport legal instruments mentioned in (a) to (e) above made mandatory the provisions of the 17th revised edition of the UN Model Regulations.
Figures 1 and 2 summarize the relationship between the different revised editions of the GHS and the UN Model Regulations and its related transport legal instruments.
Table 1 summarizes the status of implementation of the GHS (Rev.4), by hazard class, through the UN Model Regulations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (Rev.16) and the major legal instruments regulating transport of dangerous goods.
Basel Convention on the control of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and their disposal
A joint correspondence working group between the Open-Ended working group of the Basel Convention on hazard characteristics and the Sub-Committee of experts on the GHS was established in 2005. The terms of reference of the correspondence group may be found in document UN/SCEGHS/9/INF.21.
Since the work assigned to the group was not completed at the end of the period 2005-2006, the Conference of the Parties decided (at its 8th meeting, which was held in Nairobi in December 2006) to extend the mandate of the Joint Correspondence Group so as to allow the work be continued during the biennium 2007-2008.
Information regarding the work of the joint correspondence group is available on the Basel Convention website (http://www.basel.int/techmatters/) under the heading "Hazard characteristics H10, H11". The Secretariat of the Basel Convention reports regularly on the progress of the work of the joint correspondence group to the Sub-Committee of experts on the GHS.