Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs

What We Do 

Our Charter

The Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs (CCPA) is responsible for advice and recommendation for ACS action on public policy matters involving the chemical sciences and technologies. To accomplish this, the Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs shall:

  1.  Identify and analyze legislative, regulatory, research, science education funding and other science policy issues that impact the chemical sciences and technologies.
  2. Define, propose, implement, and, where appropriate, work with groups within ACS on courses of action with respect to the above issues, which include but are not limited to: recommendations to the Board on appropriate studies or actions which should be undertaken; comments on policy issues which may be incorporated in ACS official policy statements; providing expert advice to the government on questions concerning the chemical sciences and technologies; and establishing ad hoc and standing subcommittees or task forces of experts to deal with specific issues.
  3. Encourage and facilitate participation by the members of ACS in government relations.
  4. Provide oversight for the ACS Science Policy Fellowship program, including the selection process.

Strategic Plan 2016-2018


  • Public policy that is much more informed by chemical professionals.


  • Increase ACS member engagement and effectiveness in impacting public policy.


Goal 1: Empower and engage ACS members to interact with federal and state policymakers by providing tools, training, connections, and networks.

  • CCPA members, in conjunction with LSAC, contact ACS members from targeted districts to ask House members to join Chemistry Caucus by end of 2016.

Goal 2: Produce and maintain impactful and precise policy statements and messages on key issues of importance to the chemical enterprise [within the scope of legislative, regulatory, research, science education funding, and other science policy issues].  

  • Evaluate the Peer review policy statement by the August 2016 ACS meeting using the CCPA process and document any needed process improvements.
  • 2016 pilot a new process for shepherding expiring policy statements that actively engage and solicit ACS members for input.  

Goal 3: Maintain a competitive public policy fellowship program with a focus on the long-term contributions of fellows to the chemical enterprise.

  • Reconfirm the purpose of fellowship and refine the selection process.
  • Continue and expand efforts to encourage the involvement of past policy fellows in ACS.
  • Increase the percentage of applicant pool beyond recent graduates.

Who We Are

The Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs is a joint Board-Council committee appointed by the President and Board Chair.


Get Involved

There are numerous ways to engage with CCPA's work.

Contact Us

Send an email if you have questions or need more information about the Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs.

Dr. Luke E. K. Achenie
Professor, Chemical Engineering
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University