Contact: Scott Jensen, ACC (202) 249-6511
Contact: Jennifer Drogus, SOCMA (202) 721-4182
WASHINGTON (Feb. 27, 2014) – This year’s Global Chemical Regulations Conference and Exhibition (GlobalChem) will take place March 3 – 5, at the Hilton Baltimore in Baltimore, MD. For more than two decades, this annual meeting has provided a venue for industry leaders, regulators and stakeholders to discuss fundamental chemical management issues, both current and future.
The hosts of GlobalChem, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA), are pleased to welcome keynote speakers Dr. George Gray, Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health and Director of the Center for Risk Science and Public Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Sciences and Jennifer Hillman, partner at Cassidy Levy Kent who previously served at the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) and at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).
With recent momentum for TSCA reform serving as the backdrop for GlobalChem 2014, this year’s conference will start with a one-day workshop dedicated to domestic and international chemical regulations. The opening plenary session, “Evolving TSCA,” will provide the latest updates on legislative proposals in the House and Senate to reform TSCA, as well as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiatives to address access to chemical information and improve risk assessment.
“This year’s conference could not come at a more exciting or more pivotal time for the U.S. business of chemistry,” said ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley. “U.S. chemical manufacturers have surpassed the $100 billion mark in anticipated investments related to shale gas. We have an opportunity to improve the safety of chemicals in commerce with two historic bills in Congress. And with ongoing trade talks, we could see a huge boost in exports and greater cooperation among regulators, which would add another layer of efficiency and safety to the way we manage chemicals in commerce. Along with our colleagues at SOCMA, I look forward to making this year’s GlobalChem one of our best.”
“Product safety is paramount to all of us in the chemical industry,” said SOCMA President and CEO Lawrence D. Sloan. “GlobalChem provides a platform by which industry representatives, stakeholders and regulators can hold a productive dialogue about the state of chemical management,” he said. “This year’s GlobalChem is occurring as the Senate and now the House are making efforts to finally reform TSCA. No doubt these developments, new since last year’s conference, will fuel this week’s discussions.”
ACC and SOCMA also announced that the following organizations have all confirmed their sponsorship of this year’s Conference and Exhibition: Beveridge & Diamond, PC; Chemical Watch; Steptoe & Johnson LLC; Verdant Law, PLLC; and workshop sponsor, Technology Sciences Group Inc. Session sponsors include Alston & Bird LLP; Caleb Management Services Limited; Husch Blackwell; IHS; Keller & Heckman LLP; REACH24H Consulting Group; and Sidley Austin LLP.
For real-time news updates from the conference, follow ACC (@AmChemistry) and SOCMA (@SOCMA) on Twitter. You may also join the conversation by using the hashtag #GlobalChem. Also, be sure to join thousands of industry professionals on ACC’s private LinkedIn group and SOCMA’s private LinkedIn group, and subscribe to ACC’s and SOCMA’s respective blogs, American Chemistry Matters and SOCMA Blog.
To learn more about the conference agenda and to register, visit http://www.globalchem.org.