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ASC LAUNCHES FIRST EVER ACTION CENTER TO SUPPORT PROACTIVE REGULATORY AFFAIRS EFFORTS
Council to Provide Members with Direct Response Capability to Ensure Industry Voices are Heard
June 13, 2013 – Bethesda, MD – The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) recently launched its first “ASC Action Center” – a grassroots advocacy software tool that allows member companies to respond directly to legislative bodies and regulatory agencies with guidance and commentary from industry.
The ASC Action Center, with its tagline, “Securing the Future with YOUR Voice” will be housed on ASC’s member facing website here, and will play a strong part in ASC’s efforts to be more proactive with government bodies and regulatory agencies in terms of sharing viewpoints, information and data. The ASC Action Center will allow members to:
- Locate the appropriate contact person at the federal, state or local level, depending on the issue.
- Agree to a draft ASC response letter, or make adjustments to incorporate the company’s unique position on a given topic.
- Distribute the response directly from the software platform.
“ASC’s Action Center is as easy as 1, 2, 3, and provides members an important opportunity to be part of the Council’s response strategy for any of the critical issues facing our industry,” notes Matthew E. Croson, President of ASC. “Whether the topic is TSCA Reform, Rule 1168 or a Chemical Action Plan, ASC members – for the first time – now have a strong tool to share their views on what should be included, discussed further, or should taken out of any official bill, draft rule or suggested course of action.”
The ASC Action Center launch is part of ASC’s proactive regulatory affairs strategy, developed in 2012 in an effort to add value to Council membership. The key milestones include:
- Agreeing annually to a set of core issues that directly impact industry.
- Setting up meetings with influencers that directly impact the core issues.
- Establish a network of ASC members that will respond to information needs.
- Link members to influencers via the ASC Action Center.
“ASC’s Board of Directors has made ‘proactive regulatory affairs’ a priority for the Council, and ASC is responding,” reports Croson. “We set a target of meeting with 20 influencers in 2013 to discuss our important issues, and we’ve already eclipsed that number. We have regulatory affairs contacts at 100% of our member companies, and now – with the launch of this tool— members have the capability to support the industry to ensure sound, science oriented regulations guide law and rulemaking.”
ASC expects to encourage active participation from its members on four to five important pieces of legislation or regulatory action each year. For 2013, ASC Regulatory Affairs is focused on the following core issues:
- California Safer Chemicals Rule
- Canadian Chemical Management Plan
- MDI/TDI Chemical Action Plan
- REACH Chemicals of High Concern List
- South Coast Rule 1168
- TSCA Modernization
- Use of USGBC’s LEED Rating System in Federal Buildings
“ASC’s regulatory efforts are micro-focused on issues that directly impact member companies,” adds Croson. “In years past, ASC would often focus on tax policy, immigration reform, labor relations or other macro-manufacturing issues on which many other trade associations also work. The Adhesive and Sealant Council is the only trade association focused on our industry’s core issues, and that is the strongest value proposition we can deliver to our member companies. With the launch of this tool, ASC and its members are aligned and working together on issues that affect the industry we serve.”
Members can access the ASC Action Center at www.ascouncil.org under “Advocacy—>ASC Action Center.” The Action Center is open only to our members, and anyone looking to access the tool and participate will need to authenticate using their login credentials.
ASC will invite members to participate in the Action Center, with links to the response tools via an Action Alert e-mail. This will be done periodically when ASC’s Regulatory Affairs team determines that a response will make a solid impact.
“We don’t want to become the ‘letter of the week’ group,” adds Croson. “We want to respond when it is critical for a Senator, Representative or regulatory agency to truly understand our position. We will be thoughtful, deliberate and perhaps most importantly, proactive as we deploy this tool to industry. Last, but not least, I want to thank ASC’s Regulatory Affairs Committee and Web Advisory Board for their efforts in guiding the development of this new tool.”
If you have questions about a regulatory action, please contact Mark Collatz at email@example.com or (301) 986-9700 x111.
If you have technical issues or need to retrieve your login information, please contact Jessica Carter at Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org or (301) 986-9700 x109.
The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is a North American trade association dedicated to representing the adhesive and sealant industry. The Council is comprised of 122 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, distributors and industry consultants, representing more than 75% of the U.S. industry with operations around the world. Offering education, legislative advocacy, professional networking and business growth solutions for its members, the ASC is the center of knowledge and catalyst for industry growth on a global basis for manufacturers, suppliers and end-users. For more information about ASC, visit www.ascouncil.org.