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  1. BPSA Awards Training and Education Grants to 3 University-Based Centers for Bio-Processing Skills Enhancements

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Bio-Process Systems Alliance (BPSA), the national trade association of the single-use bio-processing industry, is pleased to announce that North Carolina State's Biomanufacturing Training & Education Center (BTEC), Texas A&M's National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing (NCTM), and Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center (BETC) are the recipients of scholarships issued through the Jerold Martin Legacy Scholarship Fund for 2017.
  2. Having Hurricane Plan in Place Leads to Successful Shutdown, Reopening for KMCO, LLC

    With Hurricane Harvey approaching the Texas coast, KMCO, LLC, began preparations to meet the challenges the Category 4 hurricane would bring. And, through implementation of its hurricane preparedness plan and the dedication of its employees, KMCO weathered the storm, ensuring a safe shutdown and restart of its facilities, as well as the safety of its employees, communities and the environment in both the Crosby and Port Arthur, TX, locations. 
  3. Safety First Priority for SOCMA Members During Hurricane

    SOCMA's thoughts and best wishes are with our member companies in Texas and Louisiana that are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The Category 4 hurricane made landfall in Texas Friday and has continued to pound the area with excessive rainfall, causing extreme flooding and damage that has shut down businesses and schools and driven many families from their homes. 
  4. CFATS: Re-Tiering Implementation Update for High-Risk Chemical Facilities

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program began implementation of the Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) 2.0 and the enhanced tiering methodology nearly one year ago. 
  5. TSCA Nanotechnology Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements Rule Now in Effect

    The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) section 8(a) Nanotechnology Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements Rule became effective on August 14. 
  6. Synalloy Chemicals Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification

    Synalloy Chemicals has received Certificate of Registration from Quality Systems Registrars, Inc., stating that it has been assessed and certified as meeting the requirements of ISO 9001:2015. 
  7. The “No-comment” Fallacy

    By: Christopher Lukach, APR
    President, AKCG

    Imagine this scenario: 

    You receive reports of an after-hours spill at your nearest facility.  Minutes later as you arrive on-site, you’re greeted in the parking lot by an aggressive, microphone-wielding reporter asking you antagonistically, “How could you let this happen?” In attempt to move quickly away from the exchange, you wave your hand dismissively, mutter “no comment,” and start toward the employee entrance to find out what’s really going on. 
  8. Final TSCA Inventory Notification Rule Published

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on August 11 published in the Federal Register the Final TSCA Inventory Notification Rule, commonly called the Inventory Reset or Active-Inactive Rule. 
  9. SBA Seeks Input from Small Businesses at Missouri and Kansas Regional Regulatory Roundtables

    The Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy is hosting a Regulatory Reform Roundtable in St. Louis, MO, on September 12 and Overland Park, KS, on September 14.
  10. Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA)—A Competency That Can Help Your Organization Better Manage Chemical Process Risks

    Learn more at SOCMA's National Chemical Safety Symposium (hosted by ChemStewards)

    October 11 & 12 | Houston, TX

    How safe is safe enough? Additional safeguards or independent protection layers can always be added but how can your team decide and defend how many and what type of safeguards or barriers are enough to prevent or mitigate a chemical process event?
  11. BPTF Once Again a Key Stakeholder in Renegotiating Generic Drug User Fees

    The U.S. Senate’s approval of the Food and Drug Administration Reauthorization Act of 2017, which includes the Generic Drug User Fees (GDUFA) program, was a big win for SOCMA’s Bulk Pharmaceuticals Task Force (BPTF) members and, ultimately, U.S. consumers and patients. GDUFA, initially enacted in 2012, is specifically designed to improve the quality and availability of drugs throughout the supply chain.
  12. SOCMA Applauds EPA on Addressing Backlog of Pre-Manufacture Notices

    ARLINGTON, VA – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates applauds the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Administrator Scott Pruitt on completing review of the backlog of more than 600 pre-manufacture notices (PMNs) on new chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). SOCMA Managing Director of Government Relations Robert F. Helminiak released the following statement:
  13. Your ‘Hole in One’ Could Improve a Young Chemist’s Chance of Success

    For many of us, golfing is a perfect way to spend a summer day. Stepping onto the green is a reminder that things in the office, at home, or in the laboratory can wait, at least for a few hours. 
  14. Nation Ford Chemical Surpasses ChemStewards® Requirements

    FORT MILL, S.C. - Nation Ford Chemical (NFC) announced today that as a result of exceeding key performance requirements for the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates' (SOCMA) ChemStewards® program, it has qualified for the program's highest ranking – the Excellence Tier.   
  15. SOCMA’s BPTF Hails Senate Passage of Bill Reauthorizing FDA’s Generic Drug User Fees

    ARLINGTON, VA – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) Bulk Pharmaceuticals Task Force today commends the U.S. Senate on passage of the Food and Drug Administration Reauthorization Act of 2017, which includes the Generic Drug User Fees (GDUFA) program that is designed to improve the quality and availability of drugs throughout the supply chain.
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