UN Environment Programme to Include 9 Widely Used Chemicals

    UN sponsored treaty to combat dangerous chemicals has been expanded by 9
    additional substances.

    OTTAWA, May 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Intertek today noted new moves by the
United Nations' Environmental Programme that will see nine new chemicals added
to its list of 'dangerous' chemicals under an international convention
targeting the reduction of chemical pollutants used in various products.
    Following the recent conference for the Stockholm Convention on
Persistent Organic Pollutants by the United Nations Environment Programme,
nine new chemicals have been added to the list of dangerous chemicals. The
changes have put chemicals that are widely used today such as pesticides,
flame retardants and a number of other commercial uses onto the list for the
first time.
    Over 160 governments participated in the conference. Under the convention
participant governments agree to pursue and adopt laws in their own countries
in-line with the Convention's determinations. Each government can now pursue
their own implementation of expanded legislation or inclusion into existing
legislations similar to the Kyoto Protocol for climate change.
    The UN convention sits atop a growing body of international, regional and
state-level laws aimed at reducing the presence of substances that are
hazardous to the environment and human health from products and processes. In
the past 5 years, regulation has forced manufacturing industries to change
production, sourcing, implement phase outs and convert chemicals and
components used to deliver 'greener' and safer products to the world.
    The nine chemicals are Pentabromodiphenyl Ether, Chlordecone,
Hexabromobiphenyl, Lindane, Perfluorooctane sulfonate, Octabromodiphenyl
ether, Pentachlorobenzene, Alpha hexachlorocyclohexane, and Beta
    "The new UN convention changes further underline the growing concerns of
legislators around the world about the use of certain chemicals in everyday
uses. Governments that are not looking at laws in these areas are certainly
coming under greater international pressure to do so," states Dr. Ruud
Overbeek, Vice President of Intertek's Health and Environmental Services,
Restricted Substances and REACH. "Companies need to review their options
regarding these scrutinized chemicals now and consider a phase-out or product
conversion strategy."
    For additional information about Intertek's restricted substance
services, please contact our experts directly at green@intertek.com or visit

    About Intertek Health & Environmental Services (www.intertek.com/green)

    Intertek Health & Environmental Services offers the complete solution for
global, regional, or local compliance, providing sound traceability systems
and strict enforcement of due diligence policies. Intertek does more than
simply help our clients comply, we give them the competitive advantage they
desire. Our Services offer comprehensive solutions for RoHS, Restricted
Substances, CPSIA, REACH, California Proposition 65, Carbon Management, and
Greenhouse Gas reduction, including on-call consulting, testing and analysis,
legal representation, certification, and corporate education appropriate for
all types and levels of business.  Intertek Health & Environmental Services is
a leader in global environmental compliance, consulting, technology services
and product stewardship.

    About Intertek (www.intertek.com)

    Intertek (ITRK.L) is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions
serving a wide range of industries around the world. From auditing and
inspection, to testing, quality assurance and certification, Intertek people
are dedicated to adding value to customers' products and processes, supporting
their success in the global marketplace. Intertek has the expertise, resources
and global reach to support its customers through its network of more than
1,000 laboratories and offices and over 23,000 people in 100 countries around
the world.

    For more information, visit www.intertek.com

For further information:

For further information: Joel Pekay, Global Marketing and Business
Development Director, (630) 481-3126, joel.pekay@intertek.com,
green@intertek.com; www.intertek.com/green

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