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Chemical Watch contactó hace varias semanas a Mar González, líder de políticas de la Organización para la Cooperación y Desarrollo Económicos – OCDE, para consultarle acerca de del proceso de evaluación informal en el que se encuentra nuestro País para ser reconocido dentro de los acuerdos de Aceptación de Mutua de Datos (AMD) de la OCDE en Buenas Prácticas de Laboratorio -BPL, por ser un asunto de creciente interés para Latinoamérica y en general en todo el mundo.

El servicio de BPL OCDE en Colombia es ofrecido por el Organismo Nacional de Acreditación de Colombia en su calidad de Autoridad Nacional de Monitoreo para la inspección y reconocimiento de las entidades de ensayo nacionales en BPL OCDE.

Parte del proceso de evaluación de Colombia, consiste en un trabajo conjunto con México, país que ya se encuentro reconocido en los AMD y que deberá informar posteriormente a la OCDE si ONAC debe ser evaluado formalmente para la suscripción del acuerdo con esta Cooperación.

En el artículo también destacan el creciente interés en este tema de los diferentes países de Latinoamérica, a propósito del "I Seminario para Latinoamérica en BPL OCDE" en el que se contó con la asistencia de más de 180 participantes provenientes de diferentes países como Brasil, México, Costa Rica y Chile.

A continuación, les compartimos el artículo completo y el link en donde se encuentra publicado, aunque con restricción de consulta, ya que este portal cobra un importe para acceder a sus contenidos.


Artículo origina disponible en chemicalwatch.com/news/

Colombia to be informally assessed for OECD mutual data assurance scheme

Programme removes need for duplicate testing

13 June 2019 / Colombia, Data, Latin America & Caribbean

Colombia is being informally assessed this year on whether it meets the qualifications for the OECD's scheme for mutual acceptance of data (MAD).

The country is working on fulfilling the legal requirements in order to comply with the organisation's standards for laboratory practices, according to Mar Gonzalez, senior policy analyst at the OECD.

Ms Gonzalez said that representatives from Mexico, which is a full member of the data assurance scheme, are working with Colombia this year to assess the country's programme for monitoring laboratories. Mexico will report to the next meeting of the OECD's Good Laboratory Practices working group in February 2020 whether the country should be formally evaluated for membership.

Tests carried out in a MAD country laboratory are accepted in all the other countries that are members of the scheme. Colombia joined the OECD last year, which means it is obliged to accept tests carried out in other member countries. But before its monitoring system is evaluated and green-lighted by the OECD's working group, tests carried out in its laboratories aren't automatically accepted in other countries.

The MAD scheme removes the need for duplicate testing for products which are marketed in several countries that accept MAD-approved testing and provides a "common basis for co-operation among national authorities and avoids creating non-tariff barriers to trade", according to the OECD's website.

Increased interest

A "growing number of countries" in Latin America "have expressed an interest in GLP and MAD," according to the OECD's progress report on chemical safety published in April.

In February, a workshop was held in Bogota with around 180 participants from governments and industry in various countries in the region. The workshop covered the basic elements of the GLP and MAD system and how they work in practice, what steps countries could take if they wish to pursue adherence, and the benefits of doing so.

"We're trying to strengthen our relationships with the region, and with the organisations in the region," Ms Gonzalez said.

This increased interest in the OECD's data assurance scheme is part of a broader trend of Latin American countries moving to adopt and upgrade chemical regulation regimes. This is driven in some countries by a desire to join the OECD, and in others from obligations resulting from OECD membership. The organisation requires members to adhere to its policies, some of which relate to chemical management.

Argentina and Brazil are both full members of the MAD scheme, despite not being OECD members. Costa Rica, which is also not an OECD member, is working on fulfilling the legal requirements for MAD membership, Ms Gonzalez said.



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