SOCMA works with federal agencies on key issues impacting the specialty and fine chemical industry. Through engagement with agency leadership and lawmakers, SOCMA influences and produces positive outcomes for its members and the industry at-large.
SOCMA was founded more than 100 years ago on the principle of strengthening and protecting the competitiveness of the U.S. specialty and batch chemical industry. View our four Policy Principles to learn more about the lens through which we powerfully advocate on behalf of our members:
SOCMA was founded on the principle of supporting the specialty chemical industry on international trade policy and strongly supports the development of free trade agreements to allow U.S. specialty chemical manufacturers fair access to foreign markets. SOCMA also works to ensure that tariffs are properly applied to products that are manufactured and available for purchase in the US. Finally, SOCMA works to eliminate non-tariff barriers to trade.
SOCMA works on many legislative and regulatory issues related to strengthening U.S. competitiveness, including:
The health and safety of employees is paramount to the chemical industry. SOCMA supports a consistent regulatory system to guide the industry with reasonable, responsible regulations that have a direct correlation to worker health and safety while avoiding overreach or conflicting regulations. SOCMA urges all manufacturers to continuously improve employee safety measures and the security of facilities.
SOCMA works on many legislative and regulatory issues related to worker health and safety, including:
SOCMA supports a risk-based regulatory structure that allows manufacturers to innovate in a safe and swift fashion. Regulations on bringing new chemicals to market must take into account the highly advanced nature of the specialty chemical industry, and the distinctiveness of the batch manufacturing process, while protecting health and mitigating environmental impacts. SOCMA also supports the responsible manufacture and use of existing chemicals.
SOCMA works on many legislative and regulatory issues related to chemical regulation, including:
SOCMA supports non-prescriptive regulations designed to protect facilities from diversion, attack, and other intentional harms without impairing the industry’s ability to remain competitive and innovative. SOCMA encourages proactive cyber and physical security measures to further protect chemical facilities.
SOCMA needs the input of members on all policy-related matters. The best way to receive updates and ensure your company is informed on these critical issues is through participation in Government Relations activities by joining SOCMA’s EHS Committee and/or International Trade Committee. The level of participation can vary from company to company and individual to individual. Some members simply receive email updates on new laws and regulations, while others work directly with the GR team to develop SOCMA policy direction and activity, and to educate legislators and regulators.