Association & Consortium Management Affiliates

SOCMA currently manages the following associations and consortiums. 

For more information, or to inquire about forming a new association, please contact Dr. Tucker Helmes at (571) 348-5105.


The Center for Baby and Adult Hygiene Products (BAHP)

Managed by:
C. Tucker Helmes, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Phone: (571) 348-5105
Fax: (571) 348-5138

The Center for Baby and Adult Hygiene Products (BAHP), formerly known as the Personal Absorbent Products Council (PAPC), is the trade association for personal hygiene products. It provides information on the scientific, regulatory and related issues that may impact health, safety and environmental aspects of the manufacture, use and disposal of consumer products containing superabsorbent material, including disposable diapers, training pants, feminine hygiene products, adult incontinence products and wet wipes. For more information, please visit www.bahp.com.


Bio-Process Systems Alliance (BPSA)

Managed by:

Ott Consulting
Kevin Ott
Executive Director
Phone: (571) 348-5104
Fax: (571) 348-5138

Jeanette McCool
Senior Director
Phone: (571) 348-5103

The Bio-Process Systems Alliance (BPSA) was formed in 2005 as an industry-led corporate member trade association dedicated to encouraging and accelerating the adoption of single-use manufacturing technologies used in the production of biopharmaceuticals and vaccines. BPSA facilitates education, sharing of best practices, development of consensus guides and business-to-business networking opportunities among its member company employees. For more information, please visit www.bpsalliance.org, or contact Kevin Ott, Executive Director, at ottk@socma.com.


Biphenyl Work Group (BWG)

Managed by:
C. Tucker Helmes, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Phone: (571) 348-5105
Fax: (571) 348-5138

The Biphenyl Work Group (BWG) was reinstituted in 1994 to address the inclusion of biphenyl on the Hazardous Air Pollutants rule at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). BWG interacts with EPA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on the Dermal Absorption Testing Program and committed to submit a biphenyl High Production Volume (HPV) test plan in 2003. BWG currently is conducting further toxicological and mechanism studies on biphenyl to address the classification of biphenyl under EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program and the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) program.


Bulk Pharmaceuticals Task Force (BPTF)

Managed by:
John DiLoreto
Executive Director
Phone: (301) 987-0924
Fax: (571) 348-5138

The Bulk Pharmaceuticals Task Force (BPTF) is an industry trade organization for U.S. manufacturers of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), their intermediates and excipients. Created in 2002 in response to industry demands to address regulatory and plant operations issues related to current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) compliance, the primary objective of the taskforce is to establish sound working relationships with regulators, allied industries and the public. BPTF also serves as a reliable source for the development and implementation of balanced regulations and industry guidance resources.

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Color Pigments Manufacturers Association (CPMA)

Managed by:
David J. Wawer
Executive Director
Phone: (571) 348-5106

Tatiana Letcheva
Associate
Phone: (571) 348-5124

The Color Pigments Manufacturers Association is an industry trade association representing small, medium and large color pigments manufacturing companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico. CPMA membership also includes companies in other countries throughout the world that have sales in or supply intermediates, chemicals or other products to these North American countries. The association provides U.S. and International advocacy programs in support of the color pigments industry on matters pertaining to environment, health and safety issues. For more information, please visit  www.pigments.org.


Dibasic Esters (DBE)

Managed by:
C. Tucker Helmes, Ph.D.
Managing Director, AMS
Phone: (571) 348-5105
Fax: (571) 348-5138

Formed in 1995, the Dibasic Esters (DBE) group addresses EPA’s and the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC’s) testing consent order under TSCA Section 4 for three Dibasic Esters: Dimethyl Succinate (DMS), Dimethyl Glutarate (DMG) and Dimethyl Adipate (DMA).


ETAD North America (ETAD)

Managed by:
C. Tucker Helmes, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Phone: (571) 348-5105
Fax: (571) 348-5138

ETAD North America represents the dye manufacturing industry in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) region. As the North American operation of the international organization, Ecological and Toxicological Association of Dyes and Organic Pigments Manufacturers, the technical organization addresses health, environmental and safety issues affecting dyes. ETAD North America affiliated with SOCMA in 1982 as the U.S. Dye Manufacturers Operating Committee of ETAD (USOC/ETAD) and changed its name in 2001 to reflect its expanded mission dealing with issues relevant to the North American dyes industry. More information is available at: www.etad.com.


Flexible Vinyl Alliance (FVA)

Managed by:
Ott Consulting
Kevin Ott
Executive Director
Phone: (571) 348-5104
Fax: (571) 348-5138

The Flexible Vinyl Alliance (FVA) was launched in the fall of 2009 as an independent, dedicated, proactive, integrated and informal advocacy network to rapidly respond at the federal, state and local levels to de-selection threats that affect the continued business interests of the flexible vinyl industry. The FVA, through its broad base of participants, provides information, messaging and guidance for its members to assist them in effectively advocating for the proven safety, economy and utility of flexible vinyl products, which are widely used in consumer products, military settings, automobiles, buildings, hospitals and life-saving medical applications, among others. FVA consists of a core group of trade associations and interested industry concerns, to include raw materials suppliers, compounders, manufacturers, processors, converters, manufacturers of finished products and other constituencies. The FVA is led by its own autonomous Steering Committee, reflecting the complete flexible vinyl value chain. For more information, please visit www.flexvinylalliance.com.


High Production Volume Consortia (HPV)

Managed by:
C. Tucker Helmes, Ph.D.
Managing Director, AMS
Phone: (571) 348-5105
Fax: (571) 348-5138

The High Production Volume (HPV) challenge is a volunteer program seeking health and environmental toxicity data. Its members include chemical manufacturers and importers of chemicals subject to the program’s guidelines. SOCMA’s AMC manages 20 consortia responsible for 72 chemicals under the program. 


Institute for Polyacrylate Absorbents (IPA)

Managed by:
C. Tucker Helmes, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Phone: (571) 348-5105
Fax: (571) 348-5138

The Institute for Polyacrylate Absorbents (IPA) is an industry association whose mission is scientific research and information concerning the safe manufacture and use of polyacrylate superabsorbent polymers. Based in Washington, DC, IPA members include all North American manufacturers of polyacrylate-based superabsorbents and leading consumer product companies who use polyacrylate superabsorbents in personal care products. These polymers are predominantly used in personal hygiene products such as disposable diapers, adult incontinence products, feminine hygiene products, wet wipes, and related products.

While IPA focuses on North America, it maintains close ties with international groups that share its interest in polyacrylate superabsorbent materials, including the Superabsorbent Producers and Converters Expert Committee (SPACE), a subunit of EDANA, the European-based trade association for nonwovens, the Asia Superabsorbent Polymers Industry Association (ASPIA), and the Japan Superabsorbent Polymers Industry Association (JASPIA).

For more information, please visit ipa.socma.com.


International Activated Carbon Manufacturers Association (IACMA)

Managed by:
C. Tucker Helmes, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Phone: (571) 348-5105
Fax: (571) 348-5138

The International Activated Carbon Manufacturers Association (IACMA) affiliated as an organization under SOCMA in 2000 to promote the growth and awareness of the activated carbon industry worldwide.  Currently inactive, IACMA’s mission focused on four strategic goals: (1) product stewardship; (2) regulatory advocacy; (3) test methods and performance standards; and (4) information exchange. Membership included regular members who are manufacturers of activated carbon as well as associate members such as users, suppliers, distributors, importers, brokers, facilitators, and other similar companies.


International Regulatory Compliance Network (IRCN)

Managed by:
Brittany Mountjoy
Manager, Government Relations
Phone: (571) 348-5121
Fax: (571) 348-5138

The International Regulatory Compliance Network (IRCN) is a member-directed resource providing the at-large chemical industry with an effective communication center, connecting members with sources of information on recent and developing regulatory/compliance actions, best practices, regional challenges and trade updates through peer interactions, SOCMA staff, and association and government contacts. IRCN is a collective source of unmatched global experiences with compliance and regulatory actions; overall industry knowledge; product stewardship efforts; awareness of inventory lists; and recognition of emerging chemical- oriented issues. The network is structured to accommodate issue-specific work teams interested in developing positions and providing comments to support industry advocacy.

For more information, please visit www.socma.com/ircn.


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Dr. Tucker Helmes
Managing Director
helmest@socma.com
(571) 348-5105