The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) promotes the implementation of the GHS in the field of pesticides. Several of its guidelines have been revised and include recommendations and guidance for classification and labelling of pesticides in accordance with GHS criteria: These include:
All FAO available guidelines for the implementation of the International Code of Conduct on Pesticide management are available at the FAO website.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified the following three major instruments as being the most relevant to GHS implementation:
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 fifth revised edition of the GHS was implemented during the period 2014-2015 once the transport legal instruments mentioned in (a) to (e) above made mandatory the provisions of the 18th revised edition of the UN Model Regulations.
The sixth revised edition of the GHS will be implemented during the period 2016-2017 once the transport legal instruments mentioned in (a) to (e) above made mandatory the provisions of the 19th 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.5), by hazard class, through the UN Model Regulations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (Rev.18) 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.