ACTIVITIES

Primary Objectives of TCMA

-Resolution of problematic issues on the Turkish chemical industry sectors through discussions and negotiaitons with relevant the government authorities and the Parliamentary Commissions,

-Representation of the chemistry sector in the Turkish Union of the Chambers of Industry and in intersectorial business platforms in Turkey .

-Coordination of information exchange and policy reviews between the government authorities, member companies and CEFIC,

-Implementation of Responsible Care, the global chemical industry's voluntary initiative toward improvement of performance on environmental protection, human health and safety in Turkey under the title of “Üçlü Sorumluluk” in coordination with CEFIC.

-Scheduling and coordination of seminars, conferences, workshops, training courses on chemical industry related subjects at national and international levels.

-Being a reference source of scientific and technical information to the printed and visual media on current issues related to chemicals management, emergency response and environmental protection,

-Involving in the projects concerning the transposition and the implementation of “aquis communautaire of EU”.

With Government Authorities:

TCMA is in close working relationship with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MO&F), Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labor and Social Security (MOL&SS) and Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOI&T) and other relevant government institutions.

Currently TCMA is a member of:

-the Chemical Safety Commission and REACH Advisory Committee of MOE&F

-the Chemical Technical Committee of MOI&T

-National Workplace Health and Safety Committee of MOL&SS

-National POPs Management Advisory Committee

With Non-Governmental Organizations:

TCMA is taking an active role in the activities of numerous NGOs; namely, Chemical Industry Sectoral Platform, Union Of Turkish Industry, Trade and Exchange Chambers (TOBB) , Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ISO) , Turkish Businessman's Association (TUSIAD) , Foreign Investment Association (YASED) , Economical Development Foundation (IKV) , Quality Association (KALDER), Turkish Chemistry Association (TKD), Chamber of Chemical Engineers (KMO) and industry federations SEDEFED and TURKONFED.

Congresses:

TCMA organizes “NATIONAL CHEMICAL INDUSTRY CONGRESS'” on a four-year interval basis since its inception. 7th Congress will be held in 17-18 December 2009 in Ankara .

Organized Industry Zones:

TCMA is continuing its efforts on establishment of an Organized Chemical Industry Zone in Turkey.

Trade Issues:

TCMA is providing a clearinghouse services to its members by conveying the import/export information received.

EU Harmonization Issues:

TCMA provides policy and technical input to all industry related relevant EU Acquis towards harmonization of the Turkish legislation in cooperation with the above mentioned government authorities and the NGOs by taking active roles in the Working Groups.

Activies Related to Environmental, Health And Safety

• TCMA provides technical assistance to the authorities and industry on management of “Dangerous Substances and Goods”

• Continuing Education Certificate courses fort eh MSDS preparers, in cooperation with the Turkish Standard Institute (TSE)

• Review of technical regulations and emerging policy documents

• Training of the Coast Guard and municipalities' firefighter staff on chemical emergencies

• Technical advisory service to the project concerning MO&F's IPPC and Seveso II Directives transposition during two years

• Technical advisory service to the TeACH project of MO&F's during two years

• Macro-level regulatory impact assessment for the implementation of EU Environmental legislation

• Consultancy to the chemical industry facilities in preparation of facility risk evaluations and Safety Plans

• Lecturing at various universities on chemicals management/transportation, hazardous waste management and Responsible Care which were introduced as official curriculum items

• Holding periodical meetings by a team of member company technical representatives (Environmental Working Group) to review the current technical and regulatory issues and updating of the Responsible Care “Guidance Documents”.

• Annual site visits to member company facilities in lieu of verification of Responsible Care Implementation practices by the “Environmental Working Group” composed of TCMA staff and member company representatives.

International Year of Chemistry 2011 ( IYC 2011)

The International Year of Chemistry 2011 ( IYC 2011) is a worldwide celebration of the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind. Under the unifying theme “ Chemistry—our life, our future ,” IYC 2011 will offer a range of interactive, entertaining, and educational activities for all ages. The Year of Chemistry is intended to reach across the globe, with opportunities for public participation at the local, regional, and national level.

The concept of International Year of Chemistry 2011 ( IYC 2011) started with the recognition among International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) executives that a number of scientific disciplines have achieved significant benefits from securing designation by the United Nations of an international year pertaining to their field of study.

In December 2008, the 63rd General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the resolution proclaiming 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry and underscored that national and international activities carried out during 2011 will emphasize the importance of chemistry in sustaining natural resources.

The goals of IYC2011 are to increase the public appreciation of chemistry in meeting world needs, to encourage interest in chemistry among young people, and to generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry. The year 2011 will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize awarded to Madame Marie Curie—an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of women to science. The year will also be the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies, providing a chance to highlight the benefits of international scientific collaboration.

IYC 2011 events will emphasize that chemistry is a creative science essential for sustainability and improvements to our way of life. Activities, such as lectures, exhibits, and hands-on experiments, will explore how chemical research is critical for solving our most vexing global problems involving food, water, health, energy, transportation, and more.

In addition, the Year of Chemistry will help enhance international cooperation by serving as a focal point or information source for activities by national chemical societies, educational institutions, industry, governmental, and non-governmental organizations.