REGIONAL REGISTER FOR POTENTIALLY TOXIC CHEMICALS

Following the recommendations of U.N. Conference, 1972, the UNEP established the International Register for Potentially Toxic Chemicals (IRPTC) in 1976. On the similar lines MoEF, Govt. of India initiated a scheme for the establishment of National Register for Potentially Toxic Chemicals (NRPTC) for Systematic Collection, Processing and dissemination of reliable data on various aspects of hazardous substances. This NRPTC is to carry out its activities through various designated focal points, i.e. Regional Register for Potentially Toxic Chemicals (RRPTC) in the states. The RRPTC is to serve as information exchange mode in the state.

One of the RRPTCs established in India is in Madhya Pradesh which is being looked after by Emergency Response Centre at M.P. Pollution Control Board, Bhopal.    The basic aim of RRPTC is to Manage Chemicals existing in the State in environmentally found manner. The principal activities of RRPTC are as follows:

  • Collection, processing and dissemination of Scientific and statistical information on Chemicals on a regional basis.

  •   Inventorization of Chemicals in the State.

  • Providing assistance to various authorities / industries at the time of accident in their region.

  • Selection of priority Chemicals and processes in the State and recommendations to NRPTC on the State Govt. For regulatory action.

  • Coordination, participation and extension of National and international programmes related to Chemicals.

  • Creation of awareness on Chemicals through publication, training, workshop and “query response service”.

  • Regular publication of a news letter.

  • Identification of gaps between existing and requisite information in the state and to take appropriate measures to fulfill these.

    One of the RRPTCs established in India is in Madhya Pradesh which is being looked after by Emergency Response Centre at M.P. Pollution Control Board, Bhopal.