In a joint project between The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), The State Pollution Control Agency (SFT) and. Conoco Norway Inc (CNI) we have evaluated the use of quality assurance principles in connection with development and distribution of information about chemicals.

Assuring quality of the documentation is first of all depending on:

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    the work in international organizations;

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    the content of national and international guidelines and criteria documents;

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    the use of product registers;

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    activities in manufacturers’ organizations;

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    the role of importers and agents.

These are aspects which have been evaluated.

Recommendations are given concerning:

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    definition of responsibilities in regulations, standards and guidelines;

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    feedback of experience and coordination through international work;

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    application of quality assurance principles in the use of information technology in international organizations and in manufacturers’s organizations;

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    use of quality assurance principles in validation of data.

The project has in particular been given input from the following organizations: WHO through the IPCS program, DuPont, Dyno, IRPTC, ILO through the CIS organization, and Norwegian and Danish product registers.

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