ICTA’s main focus is its relationship with the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), its counterpart in the manufacturing world. ICTA and ICCA cooperate on a regular basis on issues such as health, safety, environment, trade policy and industry efforts to eliminate chemical weapons and diversion to illegal drugs.

ICTA also focuses on forming bonds with international organisations and programs, including the  United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP),  the UN Agency of the World Health Organisation (WHO), The UN initiative for companies Global Compact, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and via national channels and Fecc, with the European Union institutions.


ICTA collaborates on a number of issues:

Environmental matters




Environmental matters have become priority for ICTA as much of the governmental legislation increasingly affects the business of ICTA members. ICTA’s work involves bringing together its members to share information on legislatory actions. In meetings, the members share the results of their own advocacy to governments and institutions such as the European Commission and the European Parliament.

ICTA’s role is also to represent its members and their view at a world-wide level. In 1994 for example, ICTA`s predecessor ICCTA has expressed the full support of its members for the UN Code of Ethics on the international trade in chemicals in a letter to UNEP. It was also stated that ICTA members fully comply with the UN Code by meeting the environmental standards of the RC programs. In 2002, ICTA was represented by Fecc at a WHO Consultation meeting on Good Trade and Distribution Practice of Pharmaceutical Starting Materials.

Safety of chemicals

Members of ICTA regularly exchange information on and experiences with respective pieces of legislation in their countries. On the EU Chemicals Policy (REACH) ICTA had extensive consultations and exchanges of views. This serves as an early warning system for colleagues in other countries. Action is only taken by ICTA if necessary.

International trade

In accordance with its Mission Statement, ICTA promotes international free trade and fair competition within the framework of the WTO. 

ICTA regularly collects global statistics for the chemical distribution sector.

  • Information on key statistical data per country
  • Information about national RC/RD programmes
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) from companies

This information is made available to the members and gives a good indication of trends within the sector. The data also gives a picture of successes in RC/RD implementation.