Project Details Responsible Application of Chemistry -- Responsible Care Case Study

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Start Date: 
01 September 2011
End Date: 
31 December 2013


Responsible Care (RC) is an initiative of the Worldwide Chemical Industry. It started in Canada 20 years ago and is now accepted in 52 countries. The International Council of Chemical Associations, which represents the country associations, adopted the International Charter of Responsible Care in February 2006. Over 100 companies have signed this up to now.

The initiative is well know in the industry, however it is less known, nor understood within the academic and other technical communities. Also, it is not known in many countries where chemicals are not produced but used and in many cases misused.

The overall objective of this COCI initiative is to create a framework project focusing on the responsible approaches to the application of Chemistry from research through industrial product to the ultimate use and disposal of the products. Responsible Care will be used as a basis for developing an understanding of what responsibilities chemists have in using, handling, and producing and how they should exercise these. It is anticipated that this project will continue through time in a similar fashion to the current Safety Training Project successfully run for several years by COCI.

A previous project consisted of a paper on the development of Responsible Care and a Case Study [the negative case] of a contamination issue which killed a number of children in Haiti. [see project 2006-047-1-022]


The goal of the RC Project is to build knowledge and capacity about the bases, methodology, and goals of Responsible Care targeting particularly the following audience:

  1. Junior “leaders” in lesser-developed countries, in academic, business and government organizations
  2. Chemistry Associations in lesser developed countries
  3. Supply chain contacts in lesser-developed countries and their suppliers in the developed countries
  4. Various groups in the developed countries that will benefit from this knowledge, e.g. Universities, Government research establishments, etc.
  5. Feedback to the implementers of Responsible Care, which will help them keep continuously improving.

The results of this initiative will increase the awareness and the application of the ethics of Responsible Care in the institutions related to chemistry around the world, ultimately resulting in safer and environmentally improved ways of developing, making and using chemical products.


A book titled “Responsible Care, a case study” edited by Peter Topalovica and Gail Krantzberg, has been published in December 2013 (ISBN: 978-3-11-034316-8)

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Project completed

Last update 13 Jan 2014