The life blood of the Pine
Chemicals Association is in the work of its committees. PCA accomplishes its programs and initiatives
in large part through these working groups.
The committees are run by representatives of member companies and individual
members volunteer their time to participate in committee meetings and
The number of committees has varied in past years depending upon the demands of
the industry and the interests of the members.
At present there are eight active committees. Their mission and
activities are discussed below.
PRODUCT REGULATORY and STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE
The primary focus of this Committee is to monitor environmental
regulations on a global basis and to proactively respond to regulations that could
negatively impact our industry. This
work includes, at times, substantial investments in developing data to assure regulatory
decisions are based on accurate information.
Additionally, committee members meet with regulatory agencies to educate
them on our industry and our technology.
The committee actively cooperates with regulatory committees of other
associations both in the United States and globally.
The Testing Committee maintains and upgrades all ASTM and ISO
testing standards used in the global commerce of pine chemicals. These standards require periodic review to
maintain certification and upgrading to keep pace with technology and
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH and SAFETY COMMITTEE
The Safety and Hygiene Committee develops
"best practices” for our industry in areas where we can legitimately share information. This work is intended to prevent injuries and
The Meetings Committee sets the locations and
structure for the Annual and International Meetings each year. The
International meeting is a unique forum for leaders from around the world to
network and hear presentations on market and technology trends. The environment
of all association meetings is set to assure strict compliance with antitrust
rules and guidelines.
GUM ROSIN COMMITTEE
Gum Rosin Committee promotes the sharing of information on "best practices” and
new technologies in harvesting crude gum from pine forests in countries around
The Sustainability Committee works to assure
the sustainable supply of pine chemical raw materials and the continuation and
growth of the pine chemical markets. As
part of this effort the committee works to monitor and modify, if appropriate, legislation
that may negatively impact the Pine Chemicals industry.The PCA cooperates
with the American Chemistry Council and supports their efforts to educate state
and federal legislators and regulators so they will make informed decisions
regarding our industry. Additionally, the committee encourages marketing the
renewable and "green” nature of pine chemicals.
MEMBERSHIP & INFORMATION
The Membership & Information Committee is
responsible for the development and implementation of membership expansion and
retention programs. In addition, they
make recommendations to the Board of Directors on ways of communicating a
positive image of the industry to customers, suppliers, and government agencies
through various media. The Committee
supports activities designed to assure full participation of all Members and
The Recovery Committee is responsible for educating the industry on safe handling, recovery and processing of co-products from the pulp and paper industry, specifically black liquor soap, tall oil and turpentine.