ISC3 – International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre

Chemicals Withoug Concern, Community of Practice, Chemicals in Products - Chemicals of concern in building materials - online

ISC3 is a member of the lead team for the Community of Practise “Chemicals in Products”. The Secretariat of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the Environmental Health Division at the University of Cape Town (UCT) created a Community of Practice (CoP) as a multi-stakeholder platform devoted to different topics like Lead in Paint, Highly Hazardous Pesticides, Chemicals and the SDGs. The lead team in this community consists of ISC3, UNEP, GEF, KEMI, UCT,  UNECE, ZDHC and others. The community organises online presentations, surveys, mutual exchange and discussions around the subject Chemicals Without Concern. The Chemicals in Products - community is focussing on substances in toys, electronics and building materials.

The goal of this community of practice is to facilitate discussions with various stakeholders from different sectors on documents and other knowledge materials being developed around the linkages between chemical management and the achievement of the sustainable development goals (SGDs), including Gender. A key goal is how to bring in and engage with the youth in relation to chemicals and the sustainable development goals.

To join the community (and to take part in events), please read the document and use the link in it:

The next online discussion on 15 April 2021 is devoted to "Chemicals of concern in building materials". Key speakers are Amelie Ritscher, UNEP; Oleg Ditkovskiy, ISC3; Stewart Muir, Bioregional. They are going to present new reports and studies about building materials and open up an online discussion about phasing out of chemicals of concern, recycling, sustainability and innovations in the sector.


At a glance:

Series: Chemicals Withoug Concern, Community of Practice, Chemicals in Products

Organisators: SAICM, UNEP, University of Cape Town

DATE: 15th April 2021

TIME: 14h00 - 15h30 (GMT+2)

TOPIC: "Chemicals of concern in building materials"

PRESENTERS: Amelie Ritscher, UNEP consultant; Oleg Ditkovskiy, ISC3; Stewart Muir, Bioregional


Community and other Events:


6th Green & Sustainable Chemistry Conference - online

The 6th Green & Sustainable Chemistry Conference will take place online – live and on-demand on 16-18 November 2021.

In its 6th edition, the conference addresses the role of chemistry in contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The conference is chaired by Prof. Klaus Kümmerer, Director of the ISC3 Research & Education Hub and Director of the Institute of Sustainable and Environmental Chemistry of the Leuphana University, and organised by Elsevier. The conference aims to provide a multi-disciplinary forum for participants from academia, industry, politics, NGOs, and other areas to address today's sustainability challenges.

Abstracts can be submitted until 28 May 2021 here.

Learn more and register here.

Global Week on Sustainable Chemistry - fall 2021

With a Global Week on Sustainable Chemistry, the ISC3 strives to raise international awareness for the concept and the actors in this field. The Week is supposed to take place in late 2021 as an international, online event, with the goal to present the relevance and fascination of Sustainable Chemistry with a cross-sectoral approach. With the Global Sustainable Chemistry Week, the ISC3 will offer a platform for all stakeholders to present their projects, business models, and research activities. Further information will be published in due time.