The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation of 38 member countries founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade. The OECD provides a forum for countries to discuss and share experiences on a wide range of economic, social and environmental issues. The OECD develops practical tools, solutions and recommendations that are agreed at the international level.

The structure OECD
To ensure efficient operation, the OECD uses a system consisting of:

  • The International Secretariat headed by the Secretary-General
  • Standing, Special and Main Committees
  • Sub-Committees, Working Groups, Sub-Groups, Expert Committees
  • Global Fora and other sub-structures (more than 200 in total)
In addition to member countries, partner countries (observers) and international organisations can also participate in the work of the OECD.

Chemicals and Biotechnology Committee

Chemicals and Biotechnology Committee is the main OECD committee responsible for developing recommendations on government regulation of the production, trade and use of chemicals. The experts of CIS Center have experience participating in discussions held by the Committee. We also work on harmonization of the methodology for assessing the safety of chemicals (OECD Test No.) in the form of national and interstate standards.

The Committee's activities

Development of methods:

  • for testing the properties of chemicals
  • for assessing the hazards, negative impact and risks of chemicals to human health and the environment
Development of approaches:
  • for managing chemicals, including the transition to safer analogues
  • to the relationship between chemicals and waste in order to improve resource efficiency
Best Available Techniques (BAT) Development of IT tools:
  • QSAR Toolbox
  • eChemPortal

On February 25, 2022, the OECD terminated the process of Russia's accession to the OECD [1]

Geography of coverage


Current interesting projects

Currently, the priority areas of the Committee's activities are: