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EU institutions adopt new rules on Trade Defence Instruments

Brussels, 11 January  2018 - 2017 saw the conclusion of two important trade defence files, with the EU institutions reaching a political agreement on the modernisation of the Trade Defence Instruments on December 5 th , and, earlier, on the new anti-dumping methodology. Throughout both files, Cefic successfully advocated for its key ask: to have adequate provisions that tackle raw material pric...

United Nations proclaims 2019 International Year of Periodic Table of Chemical Elements

Brussels, December 20 2017  - On December 20 2017, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT 2019). In proclaiming an International Year focusing on the Periodic Table and its applications, the United Nations intends to raise global awareness of how chemistry promotes sustainable development and provides solution...

Cefic supports the Commission’s proposal to strengthen the enforcement of the EU Single Market rules

Brussels, 21  December 2017  -  The Commission’s draft Regulation on Compliance and Enforcement is good news for the European chemical industry because it is important that all companies accessing the EU internal market respect EU legislation. 


Key EU policy issues for our industry


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.

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.

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. 

>> ESCom Package Version 3.1 available for download

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 2017 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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