1. SOCMA Golf Tournament Benefits Chemical Innovators of the Future

    Some of us are old enough to remember that “Better Things for Better Living…Through Chemistry” was DuPont’s advertising slogan from 1935-1982. The director of advertising at the time said it was intended to change opinions about the role of business in society by addressing fears based on emotional, rather than rational, foundations. This is a challenge those of us in the chemical enterprise continue to address today.
  2. SOCMA Member McGean: ChemStewards Significantly Improved Company’s EHS&S Performance

    For the past 10 years, ChemStewards® has helped McGean and other SOCMA member facilities manage and significantly improve their environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) programs. Implementing the program has helped us build customer confidence, community trust and strengthen product stewardship throughout our supply chain.
  3. GDUFA Reauthorization: Time to Make Adjustments

    One of life’s certainties is that things don’t always go according to plan. SOCMA’s Bulk Pharmaceuticals Task Force (BPTF) and other industry stakeholders worked for several months to negotiate the original Generic Drug User Fee Act (GDUFA). Ideas were shared, resources were estimated, commitments were made, and finally, an act of Congress made it the law.

  4. The Demographic Crossroads – Interesting Insights into America’s Future

    When most of us think about what will have the greatest impact on our future, we first think about money. And over the past decade, we have heard economists give us varying reports ranging from gloom and doom to hopeful optimism. Very few times do we stop and think about how the number of children being born, or not being born, in various countries will impact what’s to come for our nation and the world.
  5. SOCMA President Delivers Opening Remarks at 2015 Security Summit

    Alexandria, VA - Good morning and welcome to the Ninth Annual Chemical Sector Security Summit hosted jointly by the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  I am pleased to once again open this outstanding forum where the federal government and the private sector convene and engage in constructive dialog on the needs of chemical safety and security.  Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to join us for what will certainly be informative panel discussions and presentations over the next two days. 
  6. CFATS–Hitting Its Stride

    I would like to start by thanking SOCMA for the opportunity to reach its David Wulf, DHS Directormembership of specialty chemical manufacturers, a segment of the population regulated by the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program that—along with SOCMA—has been very supportive of promoting chemical security across the Nation.
  7. California – 800-Pound Gorilla of TSCA Reform – Overwhelmingly Supports TSCA Modernization Act

    Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform may soon become a reality if the House of Representatives’ easy passage of the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2576) is any indication. The House bill was passed in an incredible 398-1 vote on June 23, an impressive achievement given the contentious subject and in a highly partisan House of Representatives.
  8. The $750 Million House Rule and Why Congress Needs to Get Rid of It

    It’s been 900 days since Congress imposed one of the largest tax hikes on America’s job creators in recently memory. On January 1, 2013, American manufacturers rang in the New Year facing a whopping $750 million tax on imported raw materials for which there is no domestic producer.
  9. BPTF Seeks Changes in Performance Goals, Fee Payment Schedule in GDUFA Renegotiations

    WASHINGTON,  D.C. – The Bulk Pharmaceuticals Task Force (BPTF), an affiliate of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates, today asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to consider several changes to performance goals and the fee payment schedule prior to reauthorization of the Generic Drug User Fee Act (GDUFA). BPTF made its requests during a public meeting in White Oak, MD.
  10. BPSA’s 5th Annual Summit to Provide ‘2020 Vision’ for Single-Use Technologies

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bio-Process Systems Alliance (BPSA) is pleased to announce the 5th Annual International Single-Use Summit (ISUS 2015) will be held July 13-15, 2015, in Washington, D.C., with a primary focus on the promises and hurdles impacting the single-use-adoption growth curve.
  11. Government Regulations are Impeding Growth of Specialty Chemicals

    Federal regulations are a significant barrier to economic growth for specialty chemical manufacturers, say respondents in an industrywide business outlook survey of small, medium, and large specialty chemical manufacturers. Earlier this year, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers (SOCMA) and United Business Media (UBM) announced via webcast the results of the survey, which was conducted between November 2014 and January 2015.
  12. Defining Operational Excellence: SOCMA’s Perspective

    Last fall the SOCMA Board of Governors met at its annual retreat for some rather “light” discussion on our value proposition and what it means to members. Out of the conversation came a recurring theme of “operational excellence.” There was a good deal of energy around this concept, and the consensus of the group was to incorporate it in our value proposition language.
  13. Where in the World is Larry Sloan?

    “Where in the World is Larry Sloan?” is back for the first time in 2015. Let’s take a look back at the first quarter of the year and see how SOCMA President and CEO Lawrence D. Sloan has been spreading the SOCMA message.
  14. You Be The Chemist Challenge Inspiring Future STEM Innovators

    As you read this, thousands of middle school students across the nation are busy studying polymers, chromatography and other chemistry concepts to prepare for their state You Be The Chemist Challenge® competitions. A quiz-bowl-style academic contest for grade 5-8 students, the Challenge uses the drama of competition to inspire future innovators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Here at the Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF), we’re continually impressed by the bright young minds who participate in the program each year – nearly 38,000 this year alone!
  15. Engage With Us so You are at the Table – Not on the Menu

    Ask a SOCMA member why they joined the organization, and most likely they will mention the opportunities we offer them to address mutual issues that impact them and help them stay ahead of developments before they happen. Companies join and volunteer for associations because they want to work together on a common cause or interest. SOCMA members are no different. Indeed, government relations is a major focus for most trade associations in Washington (4,600 strong), and SOCMA provides numerous opportunities for companies to engage with one another and with policymakers throughout the year on many common causes.
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