Chemical industry trade associations
Trade and Support Organisations
The following trade associations are relevant to the chemicals manufacturing industry and may be able to provide detailed, process-specific, environmental and good practice information:
ATC is a trade association for the specialist aromatherapy essential oil trade, and represents manufacturers and suppliers of aromatherapy products as well as the interest of consumers in the United Kingdom.
ABPI is an trade group that represents research-based biopharmaceutical companies in the UK.
BASA is an industry body that provides its members with guidance on technical and compliance issues, networking opportunities and support services.
BAMA is a trade group that represents a range of actors from within the industry, from suppliers of components and ingredients to fillers and marketers of aerosol products.
BACS is a UK-based trade association that represents companies operating in the speciality chemicals sector of the chemicals supply chain.
BCF is a trade group that works on behalf of the UK's decorative, industrial and powder coatings, printing inks and wallcovering industries.
BCMA is a industry body that represents manufacturers of pigments operating in the UK.
BCGA is a trade association that represents a range of actors with interests in compressed gases, including producers of bulk liquid and cylinder gases to manufacturers of cylinders and other equipment, pipework installers and providers or safety and inspection services.
BEOA is a body that represents those engaged in the import, export, sale, purchase and production of essential oils, oleoresins, aromatic chemicals.
BGMA is an industry group that works on behalf of UK-based manufacturers and suppliers of generic medicines.
BCPA is a trade group that represents organisations with a professional interest in the eradication of public health pests.
BPA is a an industry body that works on behalf of professional firework display companies in the United Kingdom, including those involved in the manufacture, importation, sale, transportation, training and use of display fireworks.
BSP is a trade association that represents the perfume industry in the UK.
CBA is a trade group that represents the UK chemical supply chain, from distributors and traders to manufacturers and blenders, as well as logistics and service providers.
CICA is a UK-based network of independent consultants specialising in the application of chemistry and chemical technology in industry.
CIA is an industry group lobbies on behalf of, and offers advice and services to, chemical and pharmaceutical businesses throughout the UK.
CGA is a trade association that represents manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and transporters of gases, cryogenic liquids, and related products.
CTPA is an industry body that lobbies, in the UK and Europe, on behalf of companies involved in making, supplying and selling cosmetic and personal care products.
CPA is a trade group that represents the UK plant science industry.
CEFIC is a trade body that serves as a voice for the chemical industry in Brussels.
EIG is organised by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and represents the UK's explosives industry.
Formerly the British Association of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers
IOR acts as a knowledge based trade group and refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps
OCCA is an industry body that works for those with a stake in coatings, ink, adhesives and a range of allied and associated industries.
PRA is a trade group that provides independent knowledge based services to the surface coatings industry.
PAGB is a UK trade association representing manufacturers of branded over-the-counter medicines and food supplements.
SCI is an industry body that seeks to bring together actors from the UK chemistry sector and members of the business community.
SDC is an independent, educational charity dedicated to advancing the science and technology of colour.
SIA is a trade body that works to promote the interests of solvent consumers, distributors and manufacturers in the UK.
UKCPI is an industry group that represents producers of washing powders and liquids, fabric conditioners, bar soaps, hand and machine dish wash, household disinfectants, air care and polishes and specialist cleaners for use in kitchens and bathrooms.
UK represents and lobbies on behalf of the country's lubricants industry.
The Carbon Trust can help your business to improve its energy use and reduce its carbon emissions.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) website has information dedicated to the manufacturing industry.
The European Commission has produced a list of best practice guidance documents aimed at helping reduce carbon emissions across a range of industries and sectors.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has produced a Sustainable Manufacturing Toolkit for use by businesses in the manufacturing sector.
Find other trade associations relevant to your business using the Trade Association Forum website.
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