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The International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS) is a joint venture of the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The central unit for IPCS is located at WHO.

The main objective of the IPCS is to carry out and disseminate evaluations of the effects of chemicals on human health and the quality of the environment. Supporting activities include the development of epidemiological, experimental laboratory, and risk-assessment methods that could produce internationally comparable results, and the development of manpower in the field of toxicology. Other activities carried out by the IPCS include the development of know-how for coping with chemical accidents, coordination of laboratory testing and epidemiological studies, and promotion of research on the mechanisms of the biological action of chemicals.


The IPCS INTOX Project was established by the IPCS, in collaboration with CCOHS and the Centre de Toxicologie du Quebˇc (CTQ) to prepare a global, multilingual, computerized information package. The package is intended primarily to assist developing countries to prevent and respond to poisonings due to toxic substances through the provision of evaluated information to, and the strenghtening of information management capabilities at, poisons information centres.

The resulting package, called IPCS INTOX Package, consists of software the IPCS INTOX System, and a CD-ROM the IPCS INTOX CD-ROM.

For information on the content of IPCS INTOX, see About the IPCS INTOX.

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