Committee on Chemistry and Industry


The IUPAC Committee on Chemistry and Industry (COCI) is the focus within IUPAC for issues of importance to the global chemical industry. COCI is developing new programs and projects on emerging topics. It is also the conduit for communications between IUPAC and National Adhering Organizations (NAOs), Company Associates (CAs), and individual scientists.


COCI focus highlights

1. Regional Workshop
In Sept 2016, COCI held a workshop in China supported by SINOPEC; theme: Chemical Industry and Sustainable Development. This workshop is the fifth one after those held successfully in Marl, Germany on April 2008, Kawasaki, Japan in April 2009, on a smaller scale in Kuwait in March 2010 and in Toronto in June 2012.

2. ThalesNano Prize for Flow Chemistry
The 2016 award will be presented at IMRET 14 meeting in Beijing in Sept 2016. The 2016 IUPAC ThalesNano prize has been awarded to Professor Volker Hessel.

3. Relation with Company Associates (CAs)
A current project of COCI, centered on the CA scheme, is to provide information on the Voice of the Consumer for IUPAC and help to redefine and strengthen the impact of IUPAC. In result, COCI will propose modifications to the Company Associates program and recommend how IUPAC could engage with industry.

4. Safety Training Programs
Through this program, Fellows from developing countries are trained to deliver improved Environmental, Health, and Safety programs to their institution. In 2016, an extended program in Uruguay will create a center for learning with a 400-800% increase in participation.  Complementary to the training, Workshops are held during the IUPAC General Assembly/Congress where recent trainees Fellows present and share their experiences. For more information, application form for Fellows and for host companies, access to past presentations and other resources, see the Safety Training Program page. For a recent write-up about the STP, see Chem Int Apr. 2017, pp. 26-18 (

5. Responsible Care
The Responsible Care project material has been assembled in to a book and published by IUPAC/DeGruyter. The title is “Responsible Care a Case Study”. The book has been provided to a number of individuals and associations and is being translated into Arabic and possibly into Russian and French. As a result of the book , COCI has been involved in two Responsible Care Workshops for the Egyptian Chemical Industry.
Noting that ICCA is working to bring Responsible Care to African countries, this fits the philosophy of Responsible Care’s Product Stewardship initiative. COCI is exploring how it can assist; for example, there might be more case studies that would be more helpful for in an African context.

6. Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)
COCI is exploring how to set  better links with Industry, and ICCA, which is active with SAICM. COCI has surveyed all IUPAC Divisions and Standing Committees and have compiled a list of current projects and activities that fit in with the SAICM themes. Based on the feedback, a proposal for discussion with SCAIM was developed and taken to a SAICM meeting in December 2015.

7. Women in Chemistry
COCI is involved in a project set to establish a framework for IUPAC to explore the status of women in chemistry globally, identify and disseminate best practices for advancing and securing participation and leadership of women in chemistry, and to provide international recognition for women chemists.


Terms of Reference

(i) To advise the President and Executive Committee of the potential impact on IUPAC programs of trends and developments in the international chemical industries, including pharmaceutical, agrochemical and related industries. Also, to advise on options and actions by which IUPAC could become more attractive to increased participation by scientists in industry.

(ii) In collaboration with National Adhering Organizations, to develop and maintain an active program to recruit, guide and inform Company Associates on IUPAC programs and policies. To convey to IUPAC management at all levels relevant information from Company Associates that may assist in developing IUPAC programs and projects.

(iii) To develop liaisons with (a) national and international associations that represent industries based on the chemical sciences; (b) national and regional chemical societies; and (c) international bodies such as UNESCO and UNIDO.

(iv) In cooperation with other IUPAC bodies, to initiate and maintain a portfolio of projects with implications for industry and to help develop good relations between IUPAC and industry. To advise IUPAC bodies on the potential for participation and/or funding of relevant projects by industry and to coordinate overtures to industry on such funding.

Composition and Terms of Office

i) There shall be a standing Committee on Chemistry and Industry, composed of a Chairman, a Secretary, six other Titular Members and up to six Associate Members. In addition, each NAO representing a country having more than one Company Associate may propose a National Representative to COCI. By mutual agreement, two or more NAOs in a given geographic region that has more than three Company Associates may jointly propose a National Representative from that region.

(ii) The President, in consultation with the Executive Committee, shall appoint the Chairman, the Secretary, the Members and the National Representatives. The President may, at his option, designate one of the Titular Members as Vice-Chairman. Candidates may be proposed by the Committee on Chemistry and Industry and by National Adhering Organizations having Company Associate programs.

(iii) The period of service for all categories of Members and National Representatives shall be four years, renewable for a further term of four years.

(iv) The Membership shall be reviewed every two years by the incoming President, in consultation with the Executive Committee.

(v) The sum of the years of service as a Member and as the Chairman or the Secretary shall not exceed ten years

Meeting Minutes

2015 meeting, Busan, South Korea, 9-10 August 2015 (PDF)
2014 meeting, London, UK, 26 October 2014 (PDF)
2014 meeting, Coimbra, Portugal, 13 April 2014 (PDF)
2013 meeting, Istanbul, Turkey, 11 August 2013 (PDF)
2012 meeting, Toronto, Canada, 2 June 2012 (PDF)
2011 meeting, Warsaw, Poland, 10-11 April 2011 (PDF)
2010 meeting, Kuwait City, 10 March 2010 (PDF)
2009 meeting, Glasgow, Scotland, 3-4 August 2009 (PDF)

Activity Reports