The American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Biocides Panel announced its new name today, the Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC), at the Twelfth Antimicrobial Workshop in Arlington, Virginia. The CBC, under its former name, was established in 1986 and represents more than 50 companies that manufacture active biocide ingredients and/or formulate biocide products.
Biocides, also known as “antimicrobials” or “antimicrobial pesticides,” are a group of chemistries that help prevent the spread of disease, are essential to preserving products, and ensure countless manufacturing and industrial processes are not compromised by microorganism growth.
The benefits of biocides are clear and include:
- Ensuring safe drinking water
- Destroying harmful bacteria and viruses in our healthcare facilities and homes
- Promoting sustainability by preserving products to extend their useful lives
The biocide industry also plays a key role in the U.S. economy. The North American biocides market alone was $2.19 billion in 2016, with U.S. production estimated at $1.97 billion and payrolls an estimated $89.5 million. 
As the CBC, the group will continue its commitment to drive innovation, collaborate with key stakeholders and regulators, and establish scientifically sound approaches to the regulation of biocides. The CBC will also enhance the public’s understanding for the critical need for biocides and facilitate discussions with policymakers across jurisdictions on regulations and policies.
 American Chemistry Council, IMPLAN, Bureau of Labor Statistics and IHS Markit