The latest regulatory and association news for pharmaceutical manufacturers and contract manufacturing organizations.
InformexUSA, San Francisco (Feb. 14)—The Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA, Washington, DC,
http://www.socma.org/) is launching a new sustainable chemistry initiative, the International Center for Sustainable Chemistry.SOCMA is the US-based
trade association of batch and custom manufacturers, including contract manufacturing organizations supplying active pharmaceutical
ingredients and intermediates to the pharmaceutical industry.
The International Center for Sustainable Chemistry is the result of a partnership and memorandum of understanding between
SOCMA and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, DC,
http://www.epa.gov/). The EPA will serve a technical advisory role in the new center, which will act as an industry conduit for green-chemistry
outreach and activities.
Washington, DC (Feb. 7)—
The Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA,
http://www.socma.com/) submitted comments to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS, Washington, DC,
http://www.dhs.gov/) in response to proposed DHS regulations on chemical site security, asking DHS to take into consideration the unique nature
of the specialty batch manufacturing sector.
SOCMA is the US-based trade association representing custom and batch manufacturers. The association includes contract manufacturing
organizations supplying active pharmaceutical ingredients and intermediates to the pharmaceutical industry as well as contract
manufacturers supplying specialty chemical sectors.
In late December, the DHS proposed regulations on site security for high-risk chemical facilities. The proposed regulations
require that chemical facilities fitting certain profiles complete a secure online risk assessment to determine overall risk.
High-risk facilities will then be required to conduct vulnerability assessments and submit site-security plans that meet the
department's performance standards.
SOCMA's comments may be found at: http://