On November 20 – 21, 2019 Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), hosted the second successful Product Stewardship Seminar in Muscat, Oman, aimed at fostering a strong Product Stewardship culture within the GCC Chemical Industry.
Led by the GPCA Product Stewardship Taskforce, the seminar hosted a series of speakers from Europe and the region representing global chemical organizations and companies. The seminar kicked off by introducing the new GPCA Product Stewardship Code of Practice, which was created and adapted to the GCC region for the industry’s adoption as the go-to code of practice for the regional industry. The seminar also covered best practices of GHS Implementation in Europe as well as reflected on a brainstorming session which was conducted by a team of experts on November 19 on GHS implementation in the GCC and its current standing.
The Gulf Standardization Organization (GSO) team, also shared with the seminar attendees their vital upcoming plan to initiate discussions with relevant government authorities in the GCC in order to have a proper turn over for the team who will continue the journey for GHS implementation in the region. Other speakers shared their organizations’ programs and experiences, including best practices and challenges faced when it comes to applying the principles of Product Stewardship in the region. GPCA long time member, Bureau Veritas shared with the team a hands-on exercise on the hazard classification of chemicals. The interactive session was well received by the attendees and created a tangible experience for all those involved to truly understand the significance of pushing forth the Product Stewardship Agenda in the region.
This year’s seminar hosted speakers from SABIC, GSO, Ma’aden, DOW, Bureau Veritas, CEFIC and Sadara.