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The Chemical Industries Association

The leading national voice of chemical and pharmaceutical businesses located across the United Kingdom. 

The Chemical Industries Association (CIA) is the UK’s leading trade association dedicated to representing and advising chemical and pharmaceutical companies across the United Kingdom, both nationally and internationally. Established as a membership organisation, the CIA is funded by subscription.

With over 200 members our core membership includes a number of major multinationals, a growing number of SMEs and associate members. From providing expert advice to facilitating networking between members, sharing good practice and reporting on policy developments the CIA stands ready to support our members to ensure the chemical industry continues to drive growth and innovation in the UK. 

Our representation includes lobbying legislators, policy-makers and stakeholders on the issues that affect our member companies the most. Visit our what we do page to find out more. 

We provide expert advice and guidance to our member companies by: 

  • Reporting on policy developments 
  • Providing business support 
  • Technical application of legal requirements 
  • Sharing good practice 

Membership benefits >

To make the UK the location of choice for chemical and pharmaceutical businesses.
To be the voice of chemical and pharmaceutical business located in the UK and to be the leading source of advice and support to our member companies
Delivery of quality service in all we do, respect for all people that we interact with and their views, operate in an ethical manner, transparency in all our decision-making and actions, innovative in our approach to all areas of our work.




Fuelling UK growth together

Our members are the heartbeat of our organisation. Every initiative, project and decision is rooted in our commitment to meeting the diverse needs of our members and working hand-in-hand to unlock the full potential of UK business growth.

Our strategic and operational priorities are agreed by members through strategy groups, issue teams and networks of expertise as well as our quarterly business surveys ensuring that members are heard and involved in shaping policy. With every action undertaken by our staff wholly focused on meeting members’ needs, we strive to provide expert advice, facilitate networking opportunities, and deliver invaluable support to ensure our members thrive in an ever-evolving industry landscape. 


CIA governance structure

CIA Governance

Governance and policy areas are set by the CIA’s Board and Council, elected from membership. Our Board is responsible for the governance of the CIA. Martin Ashcroft, Managing Director at Tata Chemicals Europe is the elected President of the CIA.

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Member Groups

We offer various avenues for member engagement, including strategy groups, issue teams, and networks, providing opportunities for our members to actively participate in shaping crucial topics within our industry.

Our Structure

The structure of the CIA consists of a board, council, executive committee as well as various strategy groups, issue teams and networks providing members with the opportunity to engage in the thinking and shaping of topics that are important to our industry. This allows members to have a direct say in what we do and how we do it.




Discover more about the CIA

Join the CIA

Unlock a wealth of advantages for your entire team by becoming a member of the CIA.

Experience the full reach of membership advantages for your organisation.


Join our specialist and exclusive network of like-minded stakeholders and be informed of new opportunities and industry developments.


Representing your interests, we inform UK Government and international agencies on industry priorities when setting policies.


Extend your reach through our exclusive networking events, sponsorship and content opportunities and CIAMatters magazine.

Advice & Guidance

Providing business support by reporting on policy developments, technical application of legal requirements and sharing good practice.

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Policy Areas

Our strength lies in our in-depth understanding of the industry’s unique challenges and opportunities, enabling us to deliver tangible results for our members. We cover nine policy areas. 

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The CIA owns and supports

The Chemical Industries Association owns and supports three organisations. Visit these sites to find out more.



    Manages and administers the chemical sector climate change agreement with the Department for Business and Trade and the Environment Agency.

  • Chemicals_Northwest


    Chemicals Northwest is the industry-led, chemical cluster support organisation for the £10 billion North West chemical sector, the largest in the UK.

  • REACHReady


    Supporting individuals in companies affected by the EU REACH Regulation.

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Full members

Browse a list of all the Chemical Industries Association full members.

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Associate Members

Browse a list of all the Chemical Industries Association members.

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Our team

Get to know our talented team of dedicated professionals working to support our members and drive industry excellence.

Contact us

Located in London our headquarters positions us at the very heart of Westminster, ensuring close proximity to government offices and policymakers.

Become a member

Experience the full reach of membership advantages for your organisation. Discover how the CIA gives your business an advantage now and in the future.