What’s at Stake for Business
- Chemicals are central to the modern economy and are used in the production of thousands of different products.
- Inconsistent and unbalanced regulations will undermine market access and related industry initiatives.
- Any new requirement that is inconsistent with existing guidelines would be unnecessarily burdensome
- Balanced approach to chemicals management that recognizes and respects intellectual property rights and protection of confidential business information.
- Sound management of chemicals throughout their life cycles based on hazard and risk evaluations.
- Regulatory coherence between differing chemicals management regimes.
USCIB At Work
USCIB represents U.S. business at high-level international conferences to defend and promote our members’ views. When we succeed, our positions are reflected in the principles put forth in the chemicals management guidelines that are shaped:
- At APEC, where we are the lead multisectoral U.S. business association at the APEC Chemical Dialogue advocating for the protection of confidential business information and regulatory cooperation with other chemicals management regimes.
- At the UN, where we are ensuring that confidential business information and other industry interests are adequately protected in the SAICM Chemicals in Products (CiP) program, a voluntary initiative designed to give guidance on how to share relevant information on chemicals in products.
- In Washington, where we meet regularly with U.S Environment Protection Agency and State Department officials to ensure that the U.S business position is well represented in various international chemicals management deliberations.
Recent Advocacy Engagement
USCIB brings together the upstream and downstream chemicals users from our member companies to provide industry expertise and inform discussions on international chemicals management guidelines. USCIB is also:
- Providing technical work into the CiP project and is advocating for risk-based assessments of chemicals and the protection of confidential business information.
- Pushing for regulatory cooperation among APEC regulators.
Who We Are
The USCIB International Product Policy Working Group is composed of USCIB member companies representing a range of business and industry sectors. Advocacy priorities are determined that reflect consensus among the members.
The Working Group works to ensure that U.S. products have timely access to markets around the world by advocating for product and chemical policies that minimize the risk of chemicals while reflecting good science, protecting confidential business information and avoiding technical barriers to trade. USCIB influences chemicals management and product stewardship developments in a variety of international forums:
- The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)
- The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
- The OECD
How to get involved
All USCIB members are eligible to participate in the USCIB International Product Policy Working Group. If you are a member and would like to be added to this working group or if you would like more information on how to become a member of USCIB, please contact:
Senior Director, Member Services
(202) 682-1291 – firstname.lastname@example.org