ACC Contact: Scott Jensen, (202) 249-6511
Email: scott_jensen@americanchemistry.com

SOCMA Contact: Jennifer Drogus, (202) 721-4182  
Email: drogusj@socma.com

WASHINGTON (February 19, 2015) - This year's  Global Chemical Regulations Conference and Exhibition (GlobalChem) will take place March 2 - 4, at the Hilton Baltimore in Baltimore, Md. The annual conference provides industry leaders, regulators and stakeholders an opportunity to learn more about the latest developments around the world for managing the safe use of chemicals.

The three-day conference, hosted by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA), kicks off with a fundamentals workshop that will take a comprehensive look at the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) , as well as federal regulatory compliance and international chemical regulation. The  agenda features two keynote speakers. Professor John Graham of the University of Indiana will discuss lessons from current regulatory programs in Europe, Canada and the United States, and Dr. Tom Lyon of the University of Michigan will discuss the intersection of voluntary environmental programs and corporate social responsibility.

Additionally, Wendy Cleland-Hamnett of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will provide insight into the Agency's regulatory priorities for this year. Over the course of the conference, attendees will also hear from experts on a wide range of important topics, including risk assessments , green chemistry and nanotechnology .

"GlobalChem provides an invaluable forum to discuss the most pressing issues that are shaping the development of regulations to protect public health, as well as how we put chemistry to work in order to meet the world's challenges," said ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley . "This year represents a unique opportunity to make significant improvements to how chemicals are managed, especially here in the United States. Working together to pass meaningful,  bipartisan reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act will be vital to ensure the safety of chemicals, help  grow our economy and  foster innovation in our industry."

"Keeping up with the changing world of chemical regulation is becoming more challenging, especially for small- and medium-sized companies," said SOCMA President and CEO Lawrence D. Sloan . "Fortunately, GlobalChem provides a thorough look at existing, as well as developing, chemical policy by some of the most knowledgeable experts from around the globe. With a program that dives deep into key issues-from TSCA to international trade-we anticipate another productive dialogue about regulatory and legislative challenges and opportunities facing our industry."

ACC and SOCMA also announced that the following organizations have all confirmed their sponsorship of this year's Conference and Exhibition: Alston & Bird LLP; Beveridge & Diamond, PC; CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society; Keller and Heckman LLP;  REACH24H Consulting Group; SafeTec Compliance Systems Inc.; SHES Chemical Consulting; Steptoe & Johnson LLP; Thompson Hine LLP; and Technology Sciences Group Inc.

For real-time news updates from the conference, follow ACC ( @AmChemistry ) and SOCMA ( @SOCMA ) on Twitter. You may also join the conversation by using the hashtag #GlobalChem. Also, be sure to join thousands of industry professionals on  ACC's private LinkedIn group and SOCMA's private LinkedIn group , and subscribe to ACC's and SOCMA's respective blogs,  American Chemistry Matters and SOCMA Blog .

To learn more about the conference agenda and to register, visit http://www.globalchem.org .

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