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Support on issues

BACS provides support to members on issues they raise, by lobbying directly on their behalf or via responses to consultation documents. Some issues are addressed by BACS' sector groups, such as the recent paper on Letters of Access under the Biocidal Products Directive produced for Cefic by the Biocides and Biosciences Group.

Other issues are addressed by the Association and examples of the many activities include:

The criteria for the public procurement of cleaning products. Following the publication by the European Commission (EC) in 2004 of a handbook to give guidance to the public sector on procuring "green" products and services, BACS and the UK Cleaning Products Industry Association (UKCPI) established a joint Public Procurement task force to produce guidance on ingredient selection for industrial and institutional cleaning products. Encouraged by the UK Chemicals Stakeholder Forum and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the task force then produced guidance on Sustainable Cleaning relating to sustainability overall, taking into account life cycle impacts, which has influenced the EC's criteria for Green Public Procurement (GPP) to the benefit of member companies.

The impact of EU and UK legislation to promote the use of renewables on the market for tallow as a raw material for the chemical industry. Lobbying work, along with UKCPI, has resulted in the classification by the Department for Transport of categories 2 and 3 tallow as products, rather than as wastes, which means that use of these materials for the production of biodiesel will not attract subsidies.

The cost of compliance with the Environmental Permitting regime for members with low impact installations. Lobbying work by BACS resulted in the introduction by the Environment Agency of Low Impact Installation (LII) Permits under the then Pollution Prevention and Control, now Environmental Permitting, regime. This has resulted in major savings in permit application fees and annual subsistence charges for many LII qualifying BACS member companies.