UK Chemicals Stakeholder Forum (UKCSF)

The UK Chemicals Stakeholder Forum (UKCSF) enables discussion between stakeholders, government and regulators in support of effective chemicals and waste management.

The forum works alongside other departments and government bodies including the Health and Safety Executive, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Environment Agency.

The UKCSF supports the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals’ goal (and its post-2020 successor) of the

achievement of the sound management of chemicals throughout their life cycle so that by the year 2020, chemicals are produced and used in ways that minimize significant adverse impacts on the environment and human health.

Goals

The goals of the UKCSF are to:

  1. provide an open and trusting environment to support open dialogue and strong engagement between stakeholders
  2. participate in the improvement of strategic capabilities and development of policies for the management of chemicals and waste, working towards maximising benefits and minimising adverse impacts
  3. facilitate dialogue across the supply chain to enable moves towards a more circular economy, including more coherent and consistent legislation
  4. provide a space to share views on, and experiences of, EU and international developments

Read our Strategic goals and approach (PDF, 259KB, 2 pages) paper for full details.

Membership

The forum has 27 members, drawn from industry, environmental/animal protection/conservation and consumer organisations, trade unions and the scientific community. The broad membership of the forum ensures that they are well placed to explore the views of the many sectors of society who work with, or are concerned about, industrial chemicals.

A small sub-group of members of the Forum, alongside BEIS and HSE form the steering group which meets at least once between meetings to ensure that the CSF is working towards its strategic goals. The Chair of the CSF is drawn from the Steering group on a rotating basis.

List of the organisations and their representatives currently on the forum:

  • ADS (UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries) - Christine Akrofi
  • Blueprint for Water - Jodie Le Marquand
  • British Association for Chemical Specialities - John Reid
  • British Coatings Federation - Tom Bowtell
  • British Plastics Federation - Philip Law
  • British Retail Consortium - David Bolton
  • Business Council for Sustainable Development (UK) - Jason Langhurst
  • Chartered Institution of Wastes Management – Pat Jennings
  • Chartered Trading Standards Institute – Christine Heemskerk
  • Chemical Business Association - Michael Cooper
  • Chemical Industries Association - Nishma Patel
  • Chemicals, Health and Environment Monitoring (CHEM) Trust - Anna Watson
  • Cruelty Free International - Emma Grange
  • Environmental Services Association - Gary Bower
  • Federation of Small Businesses - Andrew Poole
  • Green Alliance - Libby Peake
  • Green Chemistry Network - James Clark
  • Greenpeace - David Santillo
  • Knowledge Transfer Network - Peter Clark
  • Make UK - Sam Pentony
  • Non-Ferrous Alliance - Wieslaw Piatkiewicz
  • Royal Society of Chemistry - Camilla Alexander-White
  • Society of Chemical Industry - David Bott
  • TechUK - Susanne Baker
  • Trades Union Congress - Bud Hudspith
  • UK Cleaning Products Industry Association - Philip Malpass

The forum also has one individual expert, Dr Mike Holland, who is not associated with a particular organisation. Mike is an expert on socio-economic aspects under REACH.

Meetings

Anybody is welcome to attend and participate in meetings, subject to available space. Please contact us (by email: chemicals@defra.gov.uk) if you would like to attend. The next meeting will be on:

  • 10 June 2021

Minutes and papers

For minutes of previous meetings and other documents, please see The National Archives webpages.

Publications

Contact details

chemicals@defra.gov.uk