British Association for Chemical Specialities

BACS

The British Association for Chemical Specialities (BACS) is a trade association representing and promoting the interests of manufacturers, formulators, end-users and service providers operating in the speciality and performance chemicals sector of the chemical supply chain.

BACS has around 125 members, including multi-national chemical companies, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and sole-traders. The majority of members are SMEs. Most members are UK-based but this is not a condition of membership.

A key benefit of membership is the provision of information and guidance on UK and EU health, safety and environmental legislation and policies. BACS also provides a voice for members through engagement in the UK with Government, the regulators and other stakeholders, and through European representation. The Association works with other trade associations and organisations on issues of interest to the chemical supply chain where a common approach is of benefit to member companies.

BACS also provides opportunities for its members to discuss issues and promote best practice through various committees and sector groups, always respecting competition law. These cover a range of interests, including biocidal products, speciality surfactants, personal care and cosmetic ingredients and water treatment, reflecting the diversity of members' business activities.

About BACS

BACS aims to represent and promote the interests of its members through engagement on issues in the UK with Government, the regulators and other stakeholders, and through European representation. BACS provides its members with information and guidance on UK and EU health, safety and environmental legislation and policies, and provides opportunities for regulatory issues to be discussed and for best practice to be promoted through various committees and sector groups. To help member companies with the implementation of REACH, in addition to organising conferences on the regulation, BACS operates an e-mail system for members' enquiries. BACS is also a member of a European Commission funded collaborative project: 'Toolbox to Support Environmental and Sustainable Systems' (TESS). This project has recently produced an online 'Toolbox' to help companies with REACH compliance. More information is available to members here.

The work of BACS is carried out by member companies' representatives in committees and sector groups, and task forces when appropriate, supported by a professional secretariat.

Membership is open to companies operating in the speciality and performance chemicals sector of the chemical supply chain. Membership subscriptions are based on sales turnover associated with the sector.

BACS is active in the promotion of sustainability in the chemical industry through the work of the Public Procurement Task Force on Guidance for Sustainable Cleaning and through membership, along with other trade associations, of the chemical supply chain sustainable consumption and production high level group.

More detail on the operation and activities of the Association is provided on other pages of this website.

 

Benefits of Membership

BACS offers practical information, participation and an industry voice to companies of all sizes operating in the speciality and performance chemicals sector of the chemical supply chain. 

 

Information on Legislation

A key benefit of membership is the provision of information and guidance on UK and EU health, safety and environmental legislation and policies.

The Regulatory Affairs Committee (RAC) provides a forum for member companies to discuss developments in legislation affecting BACS members and, where relevant, to formulate responses and positions for lobbying. Minutes of meetings include links to regulations and consultation documents. Other committees and sector groups also provide forums for member companies to keep abreast of relevant regulatory issues. Minutes of all meetings provide member companies with information on regulatory developments.

Irrespective of the timing of meetings, information on relevant regulatory developments is sent to all BACS members in the form of BACS Alerts.

 

Active Involvement

Much of the work of BACS is carried out by committees and sector groups, whose members are representatives of member companies, supported by members of the secretariat. With the exception of the Executive Committee, where the number of elected members is governed by the Association's Articles of Association, membership of all committees and sector groups, and also task forces, is open to all member companies.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 April 2009 )