History

ICCSS was initiated in 2011, during Tarnow International Seminar. ICCSS was formally inaugurated at the major international founding conference in Tarnow – Tarnow International Meeting on Chemical Safety and Security on 8-9 November 2012, organized jointly by the newly established ICCSS and OPCW, with 57 countries and a range of international organisations and industries participating. The Tarnow Conference was proceeded by international gathering of stakeholders from governments, international organisations, including OPCW, NATO, EU, industry, including DOW Chemicals and Grupa Azoty, academia, NGO’s, who agreed on the need to enhance  chemical safety and security efforts and developed background document, then adopted as Tarnow Declaration.

Tarnow International Meeting on Chemical Safety and Security

Participants of Tarnow International Meeting on Chemical Safety and Security on 8-9 November 2012

ICCSS is an initiative of former officials and employees from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), United Nations, EU and relevant international and national agencies, gathered and led by Amb. Krzysztof Paturej, ICCSS founder and leader. ICCSS  leading, founding assumptions were to make rapid progress by catalyzing cooperation across a broad range of stakeholders in government, industry, academia and civil society with inclusive participatory to respond to growing chemical threats with modern and global chemical safety security solutions. Secondly we sought to avoid divisive political concepts and language in our  approaches to the issues of the kind that hindered progress in nuclear and bio safety and security. ICCSS has then included bio safety and security and environmental security within the integrated concept of chem-bio and environmental safety and security, and industry cybersecurity.
 
ICCSS, following the 2012 Tarnow Declaration, adopted at the Tarnow Conference,  brought together, in  industry-oriented, science-based, and non-political approaches, leaders and practitioners from  Governments and relevant national agencies, relevant industries, including chemical associations and companies in private industry, laboratories, international organisations involved in the international security and peaceful uses of chemistry, civil society, including scientific community and NGO’s, independent experts, and information circles, united to make enhance chemical and environmental safety and security and cybersecurity worldwide.
 
ICCSS global developed was continued in Chemical Safety Security process (CHEMSS) and global summits: CHEMSS 2016 in Kielce, Poland, with over 500 leaders and practitioners  from 46 countries, international organisations, industries, academia, and experts; and CHEMSS 2017 in Shanghai (China), www.chemss2017.org with over 2000 leaders and practitioners   from over 50 countries, international organisations, industries, academia, and experts. These  global summits developed and adopted Declarations which furthered global chemical and environmental safety and security and promoted concrete cooperation programs.

Background documents on ICCSS history: