The Global Product Strategy (GPS)

The Global Product Strategy (GPS), an initiative developed by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) and launched in 2006, builds on the product stewardship elements of industry’s voluntary Responsible Care initiative. GPS is the chemical industry’s contribution to the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). The overall objective of this policy framework, initiated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), is that by 2020, chemicals are produced and used in ways that minimize significant adverse impacts on human health and the environment.

GPS aims to improve the safe management of chemicals, harmonize approaches between developing, emerging and industrialized regions, and strengthen public confidence that our products are handled safely at all stages of the life cycle.

The chemical management activities under GPS are driven by the REACH legislation.