Environmental

The National Executive Branch created the Board of Substances and Chemical Products and designated the Authority of Application for international environmental agreements.

By means of Decree N° 504/19 the National Executive Branch created the Interministerial Board of Substances and Chemical Products (herein after referred to as the “Board”) aiming to coordinate actions among the different areas of the government in order to achieve rational managing of chemical substances, in compliance with Argentina`s commitments on such matter (national and international).


The Board will be presided by the Secretary of Government of Environment and Sustainable Development -who will be able to delegate this function to an official who may not have lower hierarchy than Director- and it will be integrated by at least one technical representative of the National Administration of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology (“ANMAT” for its acronym in Spanish), National Institute of Industrial Technology (“INTI” for its Acronym in Spanish), General Directorate of Customs of the Federal Administration of Public Revenue, National Registry of Chemical Precursors (“RENPRE” for its acronym in Spanish), National Gendarmerie, Argentine Naval Prefecture, the Secretary of Health, Agorindustry, Commerce and Transport and the National Service of Health and Agri-food Quality (“SENASA” for its acronym in Spanish), among others.

In order to achieve its purpose, the Board will have the following duties:

  • Joinly work in the design, implementation and execution of national policies on  substances and chemical  throughout their entire  life cycle;
  • Coordinate the necessary actions to ensure effective compliance with the commitments assumed within the framework of Basilea, Rotterdam, Stockholm and Minimata Conventions, as well as in the other agreements on Substances and Chemical Products that Argentina adheres in the future.
  • Coordinate objectives and generate commitments for common work.

In addition, the new Decree designated the Secretary of Government of Environment and Sustainable Development as the Competent Authority in relation to the international environmental conventions and agreements subscribed by the Republic of Argentina, among them the Basilea, Stockholm, Rotterdam and Minimata Conventions.


For further information on this topic please contact María Morena Del Río and Martín A. Prieto