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ICCA and UN Environment running joint projects

Brussels, 14th February 2019 -  As part of its commitment to SAICM (Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management), ICCA (the International Council of Chemical Associations) and UN Environment signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance sound chemicals management and developing effective chemical management around the world. ICCA, its member associations and member companie...

Helping to improve chemicals management in Africa

Brussels, 14th February 2019 -  “The Globally Harmonised System (GHS) for the classification and labelling of chemicals should be implemented as a basic management requirement in countries producing and using chemicals. The global chemical industry is ready to help both local government and industries with available tools it developed, relying on Responsible Care* and product stewardship”, said...

Chemical industry unites in calling for Brexit deal

Brussels, 7th February 2019 - As UK Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to meet European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the chemical industry right across Europe – one of the continent's biggest sectors - has united in calling for both sides of the Brexit negotiations to secure an agreement.


Key EU policy issues for our industry

Industrial Policy

The chemical industry plays an important role in supporting the European economy and society. It has been recognised as enabler of a sustainable future by the High Level Group on the Competitiveness of the European Chemicals Industry. 

Mid-Century Strategy

Cefic has started to develop a European Chemical Industry Mid-Century Strategy aimed at  highlighting the opportunities for our industry to deliver solutions in the context of a sustainable, digital, low-carbon and safety-conscious European society, and the conditions under which we can achieve this immense transformation.


The development of a sustainable bioeconomy in Europe is key to unlocking the potential of many well established as well as new economic sectors. Strengthening the European bioeconomy can yield significant results in achieving the key EU policy objectives, such as the climate change mitigation, circular economy, clean energy and creation of new jobs.

Emissions Trading Scheme |ETS|

A clean, competitive economy. The  EU chemical industry will be asking for a dynamic ETS that meets the EU’s emission targets and incentivises efficient, innovative manufacturing without extra carbon costs. 

Industry Support

Advice & guidance to companies


The Sectoral Platform in Chemicals for Energy Effficiency Excellence aims to boost energy efficiency across the European chemical industry, particularly in small- and medium-sized companies.


This service is the one-stop access to funding opportunities from European Commission funding programmes and select regional and national governments to develop sustainable innovative solutions for the chemical industry.

Responsible Care for SMEs

First time validated tools on chemicals management, energy efficiency, occupational health, process safety, transport safety, and other areas, making them freely available for everyone.

Implementing REACH

Cefic has developed a number of guidance documents and tools to support companies in the implementation of REACH as well as to enhance harmonisation of procedure. 

Transport & Logistics

Ensuring safe transport and handling of its products, with care for the environment and in full accordance with regulations, is of key importance for the image and reputation of the chemical industry.

Regulatory Framework

Getting responsible chemicals management recognised throughout the entire supply chain of the chemical industry under a “proportionate framework”

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Facts and Figures

The 2018 Cefic European Facts & Figures provides an analysis of the latest competitive trends in the European chemical industry.

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Responsible Care

The Responsible Care ethic helps chemical companies to operate safely, profitably and with due care.

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