Israel has received positive feedback from the OECD's Chemicals Committee and its Working Party on Chemicals Pesticides and Biotechnology regarding its implementation of the organization's policies in these fields.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's periodic assessment found that Israel's compliance with its obligations in the areas of chemicals and waste management were successful and satisfactory, the Environmental Protection Ministry said on its website.
A delegation from the Israeli ministry presented the OECD's committee with the steps Israel has taken in order to meet its commitments to the OECD.
Israel's has noted several accomplishments since joining the OECD in 2010, including establishing a mechanism for managing and registering industrial chemicals, establishing the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register mechanism to keep track of chemicals emissions, and implementation of Integrated Pollution Prevention Control policies.
Israel also made significant progress in the comprehensive management of waste via legislation, waste reduction at source, the separation of different waste streams, recycling and reducing landfill; as well as management of facilities for waste and for recycling.
The OECD committee recognized Israel's earnest commitment and efforts in these matters, saying that it had achieved a great deal in the two years reviewed.
"The committee members, as well as OECD Secretariat representatives, said that they see much improvement in our management of chemicals," said Romy Even Danan, head of the ministry's Hazardous Materials Division.
The OECD's Environmental Policy Committee (EPOC) will meet in February 2013, to discuss Israel's progress related to other environmental issues, including the use of economic instruments to manage biodiversity, environmental information and indicators.