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BACS - British Association for Chemical Specialities

BACS Surfactants Courses

BACS (the British Association for Chemical Specialties) has developed a series of training courses for the surfactants sector. The courses are designed to provide practical information for those working in the surfactants and related sectors. The courses currently available are as follows;

19 June 2013: Lymm

This one day course is designed to provide a basic overview for those either not routinely involved in regulatory affairs or new to the Sector. The course will provide a basic understanding of the relevant regulatory issues. It will cover topics of current or future relevance to those working in the Specialty Chemicals sector including REACH, Biocides, Detergents, Cosmetics GHS/CLP, and Ecolabelling. It will provide information on the background to the legislation, the current position and any proposed developments and how all this can influence product development and design.
The format of the day is designed to provide a grounding in most areas of chemical regulation to provide a little history and background as well as where to go for more help. The Course tutor is Mark Selby. Mark Selby has worked in the area of regulatory science for nearly 30 years, starting with a UK-based speciality chemical manufacturer at the time that the EINECS list was closing. This background in industry provided a valuable insight into the problems facing manufacturing organisations with limited resources and tight schedules, but which needed to keep up with legislation.

12 September 2013: Manchester

This course has been specifically designed for non-chemists and those chemists with no or only a limited knowledge of surfactants. It aims to provide a basic understanding of surfactants, including their function and applications. The course tutor will be Mr Harry Motson BACS members are offered priority booking. Attendance is limited to 20 delegates

A Brief Refresher for the practising surfactant chemist
10 October 2013: Huddersfield
This course has been developed as a refresher for those working in the surfactants industry who already have a basic knowledge of surfactants. The course tutor will be Dr Ian Callaghan.

26 October 2013 : Stockport
This course has been specifically designed for those with little or no knowledge of Microbiology. It aims to provide a basic understanding of Microbiology and will cover a range of topics including: what microbes are, the problems they cause and how to resolve them. The course material is of a descriptive nature designed to be understood by the non-microbiologist. The course tutor will be David Ashworth.

31 October 2013: Huddersfield
This course aims to provide a practical interactive approach to formulation, with a focus on all the issues to be considered by the
formulator and how specific formulation problems should be approached and resolved. The course attendees should have a basic understanding of surface chemistry and the properties of more commonly used surfactants. The course tutor will be Dr Ian Callaghan.

14 November 2013: Stockport
The flow properties of liquid products and product precursor such as slurries are very important in the process industries. These properties arise because of product formulation and processing. This one-day rheology course covers the measurement and manipulation of these properties and would therefore be of benefit to both product formulators and process chemists and engineers. Dr Howard Barnes will be the course tutor.
For more details on theses and all BACS events can be found on the BACS web site or by contacting the BACS Office at

Diverse exhibitors, bustling aisles and packed educational features: in-cosmetics returned to Paris for its most successful show yet in-cosmetics, 16-18 April, Paris expo Porte de Versailles


Co-operation, the theme of the Paris event was H20. Visitors were invited to follow a trail around the hall that highlighted the new technologies, formulations and product concepts currently employing water innovatively. A ‘Testing and Regulation Zone’ also housed first-time exhibitors specialising in this increasingly important sector of the personal care industry offering advice and support on cosmetics safety, efficacy, claims, quality and regulatory compliance. 

The new features were rounded off by the ‘Fragrance in Cosmetics Zone’, a dedicated area where exhibitors specialising in the science and art of fragrance were concentrated. Sandrine Perraud, Marketing Manager at Mane, who were based in the new zone, commented: “The show went really well for us and surpassed our expectations. We have made a lot of new contacts and it has also provided us with the opportunity to discuss our entire product range with existing customers who may not have previously been aware of what we can offer. A really positive experience all round.”

Extensive educational programme more popular than ever
The 2013 series of Workshops, Innovation Seminars and Marketing Trends sessions covered a wide cross section of topics, all of which were designed to inform and educate attendees on the issues currently impacting the industry. Offering insight from suppliers on the latest ingredients, case studies from international companies and the experience of industry experts, many of these sessions were so popular that it became crucial to arrive early so as to avoid disappointment. Iuliana Popa, from the Faculty of Pharmacy Paris Sud said: “I attended the Marketing Trends Presentation on fragrance to see what the trends are and to learn more about regulation. I really enjoyed the presentations and thought they spotted the real challenges facing the industry.”

Dr Karl Lintner and Induchem come out on top
Innovation was celebrated at the show in a glittering awards ceremony at the end of the first day. Induchem’s new ingredient Neodermyl® was selected as the winner of in-cosmetics’ Innovation Zone Best Ingredient Award in front of hundreds of exhibitors and visitors, recognised for it efficacy and scientific grounding.  Silver prize went to Symrise with SymHair® Force 1631, a natural anti-hair loss active, whilst BiotechMarine was awarded bronze for its new anti-dandruff ingredient, ESCULANE®

Dr Karl Lintner was announced as the winner of in-cosmetics Lifetime Achievement Award, commenting: “I am absolutely thrilled to have won this Award. It’s an honour to be recognised for everything I have done in my career by my past and present colleagues and peers.”
Cosmetics & Toiletries magazine also announced the winners of its R&D Awards with Yves Saint Laurent Beauté taking the Most Creative Application for Youth Liberator Range with Glycanactif™ and Dow Corning the Best New Ingredient for EL-7040 Hydro Elastor Blend.

The next in-cosmetics will take place in Hamburg, Germany 1-3 April 2014. To book your stand, please contact Dijana Pejovic at
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