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International Cooperation

EPA's Role with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

OECD Headquarters, Paris, France (2018).

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is a forum of 37 member countries that promotes sustainable economic growth. OECD works across a range of policy areas, including economic, environmental, development, social, technology and trade. 

EPA leads U.S. engagement with OECD’s Environment Policy Committee (EPOC) Exitand related subsidiary bodies. Founded in 1971, EPOC has a long history of promoting effective and economically efficient policies to respond to important environmental concerns. EPA’s Office of International and Tribal Affairs (OITA) coordinates across EPA offices and with other U.S. Government agencies to guide the policy work of EPOC and OECD’s environmental portfolio and to provide technical expertise for OECD analyses and reports.

EPOC’s substantive work is undertaken by its working parties and other subsidiary bodies. Representatives from EPA and other U.S. agencies serve as U.S. delegates to the Working Parties and participate in meetings as technical experts.

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Examples of Specific EPA and OECD Areas of Work



Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) around the World

Additional Information


For additional information on EPA's work with the OECD, contact EPA's Office of International and Tribal Affairs.