IUTOX has official relations with WHO as a Nongovernmental Organization (NGO). Through WHO's International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS), they work to establish the scientific basis for the sound management of chemicals, and to strengthen national capabilities and capacities for chemical safety.
Chemical safety is achieved by undertaking all activities involving chemicals in such a way as to ensure the safety of human health and the environment. It covers all chemicals, natural and manufactured, and the full range of exposure situations from the natural presence of chemicals in the environment to their extraction or synthesis, industrial production, transport, use and disposal.
All organizers of IUTOX Congresses and other sponsored meetings agree to comply with the WHO Tobacco Free Initiative that aims to reduce the global burden of disease and death caused by tobacco by not accepting in-kind gifts, cash or contributions of any kind from the tobacco industry.
As a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), IUTOX fully supports the WHO Tobacco Free Initiative, and requires all IUTOX Congresses, meetings and sponsored activities to comply with the WHO TFI call to action that includes the following guidance:
- Denounce all types of interference from the tobacco industry
- Help to educate the public about manipulation through the tobacco industry’s marketing strategies and its attempts to interfere with the implementation of a comprehensive ban on all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.
WHO maintains a great deal of information about chemical safety and has developed risk assessment tools, which may be applied in numerous situations. Please refer to the WHO website to explore the full range of their resources and materials.