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Chemical Dialogue

Over 96 percent of the world’s manufacturing supply chains—from automotive to aircraft, from electronics to agriculture, from apparel to medical supplies—depend on access to innovative and effective chemical input. Chemistry is vital to the creation of groundbreaking products that make our lives and planet healthier, safer and more sustainable. Trade acts as the conduit that enables the innovative products of chemistry to reach the economies and businesses that need them most.

In the 2000 APEC Ministerial Meeting in Brunei, ministers welcomed an initiative to establish the Chemical Dialogue, comprising of government and industry representatives to foster cooperation and take actions to help member economies achieve high standards of protection for human health and safety and the environment, foster greater innovation, and prevent barriers to trade.

The Chemical Dialogue (CD) serves as a forum for regulatory and trade officials and industry representatives to find solutions to challenges facing the chemical industry in the Asia-Pacific region. It reflects APEC members' recognition of the importance of both engaging with the private sector and building public-private dialogue and sustained cooperation for the benefit of both sectors.

The CD focuses on chemical-sector trade liberalization and facilitation by improving trade and regulatory policies and practices. It seeks workable programs which ensure that regulatory, safety and environmental goals can be implemented by both governments and businesses.

The CD’s primary goals are articulated in its strategic framework, which was initially endorsed by APEC Ministers in 2011.

The APEC Chemical Dialogue: Strategic Framework for Chemicals in the Asia-Pacific Region 2024-2027 is organized around the following three revised shared goals:
  • To facilitate trade and raise the standard of sound management of chemicals by expanding and supporting regulatory cooperation and regulatory alignment in the region.
  • To promote understanding of the chemical industry’s role as a provider of innovative solutions for sustainable economic, environmental and social development.
  • To enable effective cooperation between industry and governments to improve chemical product stewardship and safe use.

The CD has maintained a focus on regulatory cooperation and the application of good regulatory practices throughout its tenure, developing in 2008 a set of Principles for Best Practice in Chemical Regulation and subsequently in 2016 a Best Practice Principles Checklist for Chemicals Regulation to help economies apply those principles during the regulatory review and rule-making process. In 2020, the CD endorsed the APEC CD Regulatory Cooperation Report to identify, share, and capture best practices and actionable approaches for APEC chemical regulators seeking to engage in regulatory cooperation with trade partners. The CD continues to advance the following topics in 2021:

  • Preventing barriers to trade in chemicals through regulatory cooperation
  • Facilitating the flow of critical inputs for essential goods to combat COVID-19 such as personal protective equipment, medical equipment, cleaning, and disinfecting supplies
  • Aligning implementation of the UN Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)
  • Addressing emerging issues such as marine debris and waste management of plastic
  • Building capacity on risk assessment for chemical substances

Last page update: September 2023


Government Co-Chair of Chemical Dialogue
Director for Multilateral Non-Tariff Barriers, Office of the United States Trade Representative
Industrial Co-Chair of Chemical Dialogue
General Manager
Chilean Association of Chemical Industries
Asiquim A.G.
NGUYEN Thu Tra (Ms)
Program Director

Current Activities


The 32nd meeting of the APEC Chemical Dialogue (CD, Dialogue or CD32) was convened in hybrid mode on 1 March 2024 in Lima, Peru. Previously, the CD industry pre-meeting (IPM) was held on 29 February, discussing two new potential projects including one on extended producer responsibility (EPR) and one on confidential business information (CBI). At the CD32, industry and regulators members discussed that as a group the Chemical Dialogue can advance its objectives as they relate to regulatory cooperation, GHS implementation, and sustainability, and that the CD continues the commitment to demonstrate its value as a model public-private forum within APEC. Under the Chemical Dialogue’s scheme, four virtual working groups on Regulatory Cooperation and Convergence, GHS, Data exchange and Marine Debris also updated members of their recent activities. 


The Chemical Dialogue Increasing Access to Risk Assessment Tools in the Asia-Pacific Workshop will be held in Lima on 12 August 2024. This interactive capacity building exercise on chemicals will demonstrate the principles and practices of human and ecological risk assessment, as well as the realistic challenges of resource-limited, multi-stakeholder decision-making. Participants will have hands-on experience working in teams to determine if a substance safe for its intended use.

The 33rd plenary meeting of APEC Chemical Dialogue will be held in person from 12-13 August 2024 in Lima.