ACC Contact: Scott Jensen, (202) 249-6511
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SOCMA Contact: Jenny Gaines, (202) 721-4123
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WASHINGTON (March 10, 2016) - With Congress closer than ever before to passing bipartisan Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform legislation, this year's Global Chemical Regulations Conference and Exhibition (GlobalChem) couldn't come at a more opportune time. Set for March 22 - 24 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., GlobalChem is the premier chemical regulations conference that provides industry leaders, regulators and stakeholders an opportunity to engage with fellow professionals to discuss the evolving global regulatory landscape.

The three-day conference, hosted by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) , kicks off with a TSCA fundamentals workshop. With significant changes already under way, this optional workshop covers the latest major legislative and regulatory developments pertaining to TSCA, as well as an overview of the program's fundamentals and requirements for companies.

This year's packed agenda features two keynote speakers- Jim Jones , Assistant Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, and Dr. Joseph Perrone , Chief Science Officer of the Center for Accountability in Science. Mr. Jones will discuss the possible future direction of chemical regulations under a reformed TSCA on day one, and Dr. Perrone will share insight on current trends and public perception regarding health risks and environmental hazards and how they intersect with public policy decisions on day two. Over the course of the conference, attendees will also hear from experts on a broad spectrum of relevant topics, including chemical assessments, domestic and international regulations and nanotechnology.

"With the United States on the verge of enacting major changes to chemical policy and as other regulatory programs are proving to be unwieldy, we have a historic opportunity to improve how chemicals are managed around the world. Modernizing TSCA can help the U.S. reassert its leadership role and help start a new era of chemical regulation," said ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley , who will give opening remarks on the first day of the conference. "This year's GlobalChem will provide an invaluable opportunity to discuss the industry's most pressing issues and participate in shaping the regulatory landscape that will impact our industry for years to come."

"Not only are we closer than ever to seeing a balanced TSCA reform law, but there is also a number of pending chemical regulations on the horizon," said SOCMA President and CEO Lawrence D. Sloan . "Small- and medium-sized companies could be impacted by the 2018 REACH deadline, as well as the TSCA Chemical Data Reporting Rule. This year's GlobalChem conference should prove timely on many fronts, and I'm confident our chemical industry professionals will benefit from it."

The following organizations are sponsoring this year's Conference and Exhibition: Beveridge & Diamond PC and Steptoe & Johnson LLP .

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 . And don't forget about the GlobalChem app, available for your iOS or Android device (search for "GlobalChem").

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

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