In 2018, a memorandum of understanding and cooperation for the management of chemicals was signed between Argentina and Brazil. Among the objectives, the memorandum aimed to exchange information (including the Brazilian study on chemical management) and to strengthen collaboration in the design of policies, regulations, and regulatory instruments for the management of chemical substances.
The National Law for the Management of the Risk of Chemical Substances was published in June 2019 with the purpose to create a harmonized inventory at the national level for all chemical substances produced or introduced in the territory. It was also published to strengthen the mechanisms for risk evaluation and management. The system is similar to the one proposed in Brazil: it will be implemented in phases; the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development is the main agency in charge; chemicals will be evaluated by a special committee that will create a hazardous chemical list (and will be prioritized for risk management); a three year adaptation time; and manufacturers’ and importers’ mandatory annual updates to the system will follow.