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SOCMA and ACC Announce Agenda for 2016 Global Chemical Regulations Conference

For IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
March 10, 2016

SOCMA Contact:
Jenny Gaines
(202) 721-4123       
gainesj@socma.com

ACC Contact:
Scott Jensen
(202) 249-6511
scott_jensen@americanchemistry.com

WASHINGTON – With Congress closer than ever before to passing bipartisan Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform legislation, this year’s Global Chemical Regulations Conference and Exhibition (GlobalChem) couldn’t come at a more opportune time. Set for March 22-24 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, GlobalChem is the premier chemical regulations conference that provides industry leaders, regulators and stakeholders an opportunity to engage with fellow professionals to discuss the evolving global regulatory landscape.

The three-day conference, hosted by the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) and the American Chemistry Council (ACC), kicks off with a TSCA fundamentals workshop. With significant changes already under way, this optional workshop covers the latest major legislative and regulatory developments pertaining to TSCA, as well as an overview of the program’s fundamentals and requirements for companies.

This year’s packed agenda features two keynote speakers – Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, and Dr. Joseph Perrone, Chief Science Officer of the Center for Accountability in Science. Mr. Jones will discuss the possible future direction of chemical regulations under a reformed TSCA on Day One, and Dr. Perrone will share insight on current trends and public perception regarding health risks and environmental hazards and how they intersect with public policy decisions on Day Two. Over the course of the conference, attendees will also hear from experts on a broad spectrum of relevant topics, including chemical assessments, domestic and international regulations and nanotechnology.

“With the United States on the verge of enacting major changes to chemical policy and as other regulatory programs are proving to be unwieldy, we have a historic opportunity to improve how chemicals are managed around the world. Modernizing TSCA can help the U.S. reassert its leadership role and help start a new era of chemical regulation,” said ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley, who will give opening remarks on the first day of the conference. “This year’s GlobalChem will provide an invaluable opportunity to discuss the industry’s most pressing issues and participate in shaping the regulatory landscape that will impact our industry for years to come.”

“Not only are we closer than ever to seeing a balanced TSCA reform law, but there is also a number of pending chemical regulations on the horizon,” said SOCMA President and CEO Lawrence D. Sloan, who will give opening remarks on Day Two of the conference. “Small- and medium-sized companies could be impacted by the 2018 REACH deadline, as well as the TSCA Chemical Data Reporting Rule. This year’s GlobalChem conference should prove timely on many fronts, and I’m confident our chemical industry professionals will benefit from it.”

The following organizations are sponsoring this year’s Conference and Exhibition: Beveridge & Diamond PC and Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

For real-time news updates from the conference, follow SOCMA (@SOCMA) and ACC (@AmChemistry) on Twitter. You may also join the conversation by using the hashtag #GlobalChem. Also, be sure to join thousands of industry professionals on SOCMA’s private LinkedIn group and ACC’s private LinkedIn group, and subscribe to SOCMA's and ACC's respective blogs, SOCMA Blog and American Chemistry Matters. And don’t forget about the GlobalChem app, available for your iOS or Android device (search for “GlobalChem”).

To learn more about the conference agenda and to register, visit http://www.globalchem.org.

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About SOCMA
https://www.socma.com

Since 1921, SOCMA has represented a diverse membership of small, medium and large chemical companies located around the world. Collectively, SOCMA members are key drivers to a successful economy, contributing $24 billion annually to the U.S. GDP.  Our members play an indispensable role in the global chemical supply chain by producing intermediates, specialty chemicals and ingredients used to develop a wide range of industrial, commercial and consumer products, essential to the well-being and lives of people everywhere. ChemStewards® is SOCMA’s flagship environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) continuous performance improvement program. Created from industry’s commitment to reducing our environmental footprint, ChemStewards meets the unique needs of the batch custom, and specialty chemical industry. As a mandatory requirement for SOCMA members engaged in the manufacturing or handling of chemicals, ChemStewards is helping participants achieve superior EHS&S performance. To learn more visit www.chemstewards.com.

About ACC
http://www.americanchemistry.com

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is an $801 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is the nation’s largest exporter, accounting for fourteen percent of all U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

 

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