The secretariat carried out pilot projects in Botswana, Jordan, Mauritania and Honduras. The following approach was used during the implementation of the pilot projects on industrial chemicals in the selected countries:
- Undertaking of pre-scoping missions (for Botswana and Jordan only) to hold discussions with high-level personnel in the relevant ministries and agencies;
- Convening initial workshops of stakeholders to establish roles and responsibilities, to gather data and to provide information about processes and tools for the development of sound industrial chemicals management system necessary for meeting obligations under the Rotterdam convention;
- Undertaking of national situation analysis with regard to the management of chemicals and the updating of national chemicals profiles;
- Carrying out legal studies to clarify the situation regarding legislative and regulatory frameworks in the countries for the management of chemicals;
- Convening second workshops to consider the national situations based on the legal studies and national profiles and develop framework plans and the processes to be followed for the implementation of the plans.
These countries went through a range of challenges as they implemented the varying project objectives below:
- National cohesion: introduction of processes to establish sustainable multi-stakeholder national committees for developing national frameworks for the management of industrial chemicals;
- Legislative and regulatory frameworks: review of instruments with a view to enabling hazard, risk assessment and management in the decision-making process;
- National situation analysis: establishment of processes for data collection that would complement the updating or development of national profiles on chemicals;
- Implementation plans: establishment of processes to implement the national frameworks.
All the information and materials used were then compiled in the form of an interactive electronic toolkit (which will also be part of the IOMC Toolbox) that can be used by other countries to assess their status in the management of industrial chemicals and develop a framework plan tailored to current level of development.