1. Final Rule Published on Phthalates in Children’s Toys, Child-Care Articles

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on October 27 published its final ruleprohibiting certain phthalate chemicals in children’s toys and child-care articles. Phthalates, used commonly as plasticizers in such items as pacifiers and bottles, make products soft and pliable. The rule goes into effect on April 25, 2018, and requires that children's toys and child-care articles contain no more than 0.1 percent of the following phthalates...
  2. Symposium Discussions Reinforce Importance of Creating Safety Culture

    From keynote speakers Vanessa Sutherland, Chairwoman of the Chemical Safety Board, and Dr. M. Sam Mannan, Regents Professor and Director of the Mary K. O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University, to a host of panelists, the key message throughout the 2017 National Chemical Safety Symposium was the importance of creating a safety culture in chemical facilities and addressing the challenges faced by small and medium-sized companies. 
  3. The One Area of Your Life Technology Will Never Improve

    I’m certain that while I write this paragraph, I’m going to make a mistake. There will be a word I don’t like, or a phrase, or maybe I’ll realize halfway through that I’m just not saying things the way I want to. So I’ll mash my pinky finger on the ‘Backspace’ key and start over like nothing happened.  
  4. BPSA Releases Technical Guide for Design, Control and Monitoring of Single-Use Systems for Integrity Assurance

    Arlington, VA: The Bio-Process Systems Alliance (BPSA) announced today that its new technical guide to Design, Control and Monitoring of Single-Use Systems for Integrity Assurance is now available for download at
  5. SOCMA Intervenes in Inventory Reset Rule on Behalf of EPA

    SOCMA has intervened in a second lawsuit on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This time the focus is on the Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Requirements, or more commonly known as the Inventory Reset Rule...
  6. BAHP Launches Spanish Translation of Diaper Answers Website

    ARLINGTON, VA – The Center for Baby and Adult Hygiene Products (BAHP) announced today the launch of a Spanish version of its popular consumer-focused website,, which provides BAHP® members, consumers and the media with information about the advantages, safety and convenient use of disposable diapers. 
  7. CPMA Connects with Color for Redesign of New, User-Friendly Website

    ARLINGTON, VA – The Color Pigments Manufacturers Association (CPMA) today announces the launch of its newly redesigned and user-friendly website – 
  8. EPA Announces Elimination of Sue & Settle Policy

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on October 16 that it will no longer follow the Obama Administration “Sue & Settle” policy. The announcement serves as one more example of how current EPA leadership is working to untangle regulatory red tape...
  9. ProcessPro Now Offers Expanded Financial Features in Global ERP Solution

    ProcessPro, leading mid-market ERP software solution company, is pleased to introduce to the marketplace the extended functionality of ProcessPro Global, the next generation of batch process manufacturing software...
  10. Evaluating Risk of Chemical Substances under New EPA Regulations for TSCA

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its final rule on the risk evaluation process for chemical substances. The rule, which became effective September 18, says there are two ways for a chemical to be evaluated: either if labeled as high-priority in accordance with the prioritization process, or if a manufacturer requests that a chemical be evaluated under §702.37. Additionally, the rule says it is a criminal sanction to fraudulently request that a chemical be evaluated under §702.37, ultimately putting an end to manufacturers requesting the evaluation of their competitors’ chemicals...
  11. SOCMA Commends EPA for Launch of Smart Sectors Program

    ARLINGTON, VA – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates today commends Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt for launching the Smart Sectors Program, a partnership between industry and the agency that focuses on improving environmental outcomes while supporting economic growth. 
  12. Lonza to Acquire a U.S. Clinical Manufacturing Site to Support Ongoing Customer Demand

    Lonza announced today that it is acquiring a clinical-stage mammalian manufacturing site in the United States from Shire plc. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed...
  13. Leading Cannabis Manufacturer Poised for Growth with ProcessPro ERP

    ProcessPro, leading mid-market ERP software solution company, is pleased to announce that Stratos, a prominent Colorado-based cannabis processor, has selected ProcessPro’s ERP solution to support their growing company providing pharmaceutical-grade cannabis products....
  14. InChem Focuses On Customer Responsiveness

    InChem is intensifying its focus on customer responsiveness as it continues to grow its custom, contract and toll manufacturing business nationwide. InChem manufactures a wide range of custom and specialty chemicals for many of the world’s leading chemical companies as well as smaller enterprises in need of a responsive, cost-effective partner...
  15. SOCMA Shares Key Issues Impacting Specialty Chemical Industry with SBA Administrator

    Members of the SOCMA leadership team this week met with Linda McMahon, Administrator of the Small Business Administration, to discuss key issues impacting the specialty chemical industry, including regulatory reform, health-care costs and workforce development...

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