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29 October 2015

The Chemical Business Association (CBA) has won the chemical security category in the Cefic European Responsible Care Awards for 2015.

CBA’s award submission outlined its recent work programme designed to preserve the security of hazardous substances in transit and its longer-term development of industry Codes and Guidelines to protect the chemical supply chain from the ever-present terrorist threat.

“We are pleased to have won the Cefic Category Award for Security which is an acknowledgement of the innovative work CBA has undertaken on behalf of the UK supply chain and the model it has provided across Europe and globally,” said Peter Newport, CBA’s Chief Executive.

As early as 2002, CBA developed a Security Code for its Responsible Care Programme that was subsequently adopted by its sister European organisations.  A Code of Conduct and Security Guidelines followed a few years later to promote best practice throughout the supply chain.

These measures built on CBA’s existing Joint Code of Conduct relating to drugs and precursors for chemical weapons. This Code was revised to include explosives precursors within two weeks of the London bombings in July 2005.  After further development of the Code by CBA, it evolved into the European Voluntary Agreement on Trade Controls of Fecc in 2013 and that of the International Council of Chemical Trade Associations distributor’s organisation in 2014.

Alongside this process of policy development, CBA continues to deliver its security expertise to a wide range of international organisations.

It has been a key contributor to the work programmes of the UK Home Office, the Cefic Security Team, the United States Department of State, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the World Customs Organisation, and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

During the last two years, CBA has been invited to share its expertise at international conferences in Tbilisi, Istanbul, Warsaw, Thailand, The Hague, Brussels, and India.

Further information from:

Peter Newport
Chief Executive Officer, CBA
01270 258200

(1) The CBA represents the independent chemical supply chain.  Its membership includes distributors, traders, warehouse operators, along with logistics and transport companies.  CBA’s members, the majority of which are SMEs, are the main industry interface with thousands of UK downstream chemical users.

(2) CBA member companies employ more than 7,600 people.  They distribute, pack, and blend over 3.5 million tonnes of chemicals each year with a market value of almost three billion euros. CBA’s logistics member companies report that they handle more than four million tonnes of chemicals annually.

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