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Looking back at the ICTA General Assembly in Carlsbad

Looking back at the ICTA General Assembly in Carlsbad

This November the ICTA members gave together in Carlsbad (USA) for the second General Assembly of the year. The minutes of this meeting can be found on the ICTA extranet.

During the meeting Alexa Burr (ICCA) and Willem van Lanschot (ICTA) presented their organization’s views on sustainability (see below). Subsequently the members were informed of the ICTA progress of the past year.

The attending members concluded that much has been achieved, both regarding interest representation at the various UN institutions and regarding the professionalization of our association. For example, ICTA is closely involved with the drafting of the UN policy framework for chemicals management after 2020. One of the contentious points in these negotiations is the UN vision on chemicals. ICTA is resisting proposals to aim for a “toxic free environment”. Such a view on chemicals and risk management (i.e. looking only at hazard, not at exposure) could have far reaching consequences for our industry. ICTA also works to ensure that the role of chemical distributors is acknowledged in official UN reports, such as the Global Chemical outlook. Thanks to ICTA involvement, the UN General Assembly recognized the importance of cooperation with distributors on Improved Explosive Devices while also taking economic interests and efficiency into consideration.

As you may know, ICTA now has three committees. The new committees would benefit from the expertise of company representatives. If you are, or you know someone who is interested in joining one of the committees, please contact the secretariat, here. The three committees are:
-              Substance Safety Health Environment
-              Transport and Security
-              Responsible Care/ Responsible Distribution

After the General Assembly a cocktail reception, kindly sponsored by Cornelius, was held on a terrace overlooking the rolling hills of Southern California.
 

ICTA prepares to raise its profile

ICTA prepares to raise its profile

ICTA's progress has gained pace following the appointment of management company Brabers. Establishment of three committees has laid the foundation for outreach efforts.
To read the interview click here.

The original article (and photo) was published on June 1, 2018 in the ICIS Chemical Business Special and was written by Elaine Burridge.



 

OPCW shifts focus to countering chemical terrorism

OPCW shifts focus to countering chemical terrorism

In past years there has been massive chemical weapon misuse by non-state actors (particularly ISIL) and there is a growing threat anywhere in the world. Therefore the main focus for OPCW in the future will be on non-state actors. The Countering Chemical Terrorism (CCT) Conference this June was the first ever organized by the OPCW on this topic.

Europol and OPCW have shared interests and will cooperate in CCT. Europol and OPCW are already cooperating on these issues. Note that internet sales are a big issue for Interpol. Peter Newport attended the meeting on behalf of CBA and ICTA