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August 10 2017, Washington

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) are collaborating to enhance safe management of chemical products across the supply chain through Responsible Care®, the global chemical industry’s signature environment, health, safety and security performance improvement initiative.

First adopted in Canada in 1985, and in the United States in 1988, a key element of Responsible Care for both associations has been its mandatory verification and certification processes, which provide accountability that ACC and CIAC member companies have a structure and system in place to measure, manage and verify their performance.

Under the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding signed today by both organizations, CIAC will adopt the ACC Responsible Care Management System® (RCMS®)/RC14001® certification model as an option for its members to fulfill their CIAC verification requirement. Doing so expands RCMS/RC14001 certification options for CIAC and ACC members, to foster greater integration of Responsible Care program elements in Canada and the United States.

“ACC is pleased to partner with CIAC to enhance Responsible Care performance across both of our countries,” said ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley. “This partnership between our two associations will enable chemical companies in the United States and Canada to more effectively integrate their Responsible Care and environmental, health, safety and security programs throughout their North American operations.”  

“The business of chemistry has changed considerably since Responsible Care was founded in Canada in 1985,” said CIAC President and CEO Bob Masterson. “Today, our industry is highly integrated across North America. We greatly value our relationship with the American Chemistry Council as we pursue both harmonized regulatory and Responsible Care approaches for the chemistry industry in Canada and the United States.”  

Under this agreement, cross-border adoption of RCMS/RC14001 audits are an option for fulfilling both the CIAC verification and ACC certification requirements of each organization’s respective Responsible Care program. This agreed-upon process does not diminish either the individual ACC or CIAC Responsible Care programs, and the unique elements of each will be reviewed on RCMS/RC14001 audits.

CIAC and ACC also will work together to enhance member companies’ knowledge of the verification/certification options available in both countries, as well as the auditing community’s awareness of RCMS/RC14001 certification availability to CIAC members.

CIAC and ACC are trade associations representing leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry in Canada and the United States.


The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) is the voice of Canada's $53 billion chemistry industry and represents more than 50 members and partners across the country. Members of CIAC are signatories to Responsible Care® – the Association's U.N.-recognized sustainability initiative. Responsible Care® inspires its members to take actions that improve the sustainability of their operations and reduces harm throughout the entire life cycle of their products. Canada’s chemistry industry is a $53 billion enterprise and an important contributor to the nation’s economy. It is the fourth largest manufacturing sector, and the second largest exporter among all Canadian manufacturing industries.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $768 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is among the largest exporters in the nation, accounting for fourteen percent of all U.S. goods exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure


For more information

Ryley White,
Chemistry Industry Association of Canada
(613) 237-6215 x 321