Project Details IUPAC Organizational Structure Review

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17 February 2020
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The IUPAC Organizational Structure Review Group is tasked by the Executive Committee and Council to undertake a complete review of the organizational structure of IUPAC, with respect to its ability to achieve its scientific objectives, reduce costs and improve efficiency. To continue to be relevant in the 21st century, IUPAC must focus on its unique international roles and work effectively with stakeholders who can contribute complementary skills.


The concept of a thorough review of IUPAC’s structure and functions arose during the IUPAC Centenary as a result of factors that have emerged in the last several years, including financial concerns, administrative pressures on the members of the Secretariat, the rapidly changing field of chemistry and of science in general, developments in the area of scientific publications, and perceived needs of the National Adhering Organizations. It was noted that the occasion of the Centenary was an ideal time for a review of the organization with respect to its future roles and value.

As a starting point, and following on the 2016 IUPAC Strategic Plan, with the support of the Finance Committee, a task group in IUPAC in 2019 submitted a report on Options (Options-report.pdf) which included a set of short-term and medium- to longer-term actions that the Union could implement to improve its financial health. This Review Group will take the task group’s recommendations into account while examining more broadly the roles of IUPAC in the coming century with respect to the field of chemistry, the scientific enterprise, and the Union’s organizational, management and administrative structures. The Review Group may propose changes and modifications of IUPAC’s processes and structure for consideration by IUPAC leadership and its member National Adhering Organizations. These changes and modifications would be intended to strengthen IUPAC to maximize its fitness for purpose in the coming decades.


See project announcement/call for input published in Chem Int April 2020,

July 2020 update – IUPAC is seeking advice from its stakeholders to imagine whether, and how, the Union should evolve in order to fulfill its vision and mission. A survey has been developed to seek your thoughts on the current structure of IUPAC and how the Union might be organized in the future. We hope you will take a bit of time to complete the survey at:
The survey will be open until 31 July 2020. We look forward to your participation.

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