Terms & Conditions

Cefic website terms and conditions

Welcome to our website. The following terms of use are applicable to visitors of the Cefic website(s). By accessing or using our website, you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by the following terms and conditions of use, which together with our privacy policy and cookies policy govern Cefic’s relationship with you in relation to our website. If you disagree with any part of these terms and conditions, and any documents referred to herein, you must not access or use our website.

The term ‘Cefic’ or ‘us’ or ‘we’ refers to the owner of the website whose is a non-profit organisation registered in Belgium with VAT BE 0412 849 915 and whose registered office is Rue Belliard 40, 1040 Brussels, Belgium. The term ‘you’ refers to the users and viewers of our website.

The use of this website is subject to the following terms of us.

1. Disclaimer

Cefic maintains its website(s) to inform the public about its actions, programmes and messages in general. We aim to keep the information timely and accurate.

The content of the pages of this website is for your general information and use only. It is not intended to address the specific circumstances of any particular individual or entity. It does not consist into professional or legal advice.

Cefic does not provide any warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy, timeliness, performance, completeness or suitability of the information and materials found or offered on this website for any particular purpose. The information and materials may contain inaccuracies or errors and we expressly exclude liability for any such inaccuracies or errors to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Your use of any information or materials on this website is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be liable.

The information provided on the website(s) may contain third-party information and links to other websites. These links are provided for your convenience to provide further information. Cefic does not endorse – and cannot be held liable for the content of third-party information or website(s).

2. Copyright and Trademarks

The Cefic website(s) and its contents are protected by copyright. Unless otherwise stated, reproduction is authorised except for commercial purposes, and provided that the source is mentioned and acknowledged.

Cefic claims no copyright on any official document. Copyrights, if any, of third-party material found in this site must also be respected.

The Cefic and Responsible Care logos are among the trademarks registered by Cefic, in Europe. These logos/trademarks are subject of the proprietary rights of Cefic; no rights are granted unless Cefic has explicitly authorized their use.

3. Personal data

Our privacy policy provides you with transparent and clear information about the data protection practices and policies of Cefic to let you understand, in accordance with the applicable legislation, how and why we collect and use personal data. We recommend you read this privacy policy carefully, which is available hereunder.

Our cookie policy explains what and how cookies are used on our website to optimize your browsing experience and simplify transactions online. Our cookies policy is available hereunder.


Privacy Policy

Cefic takes personal data protection very seriously and makes sure to comply with Regulation 2016/679 on the protection of personal data (the “GDPR“) and any other applicable national act or regulation regarding the processing of personal data or the protection of privacy.

In this privacy policy, Cefic a.i.s.b.l. – including any of its Sector Groups- (hereinafter, “Cefic”, “we” or the “Association”) clarifies how we collect, use, protect and otherwise process personal data.

If you have been referred to this policy, it is to make you aware of data protection practices and policies implemented by Cefic as data controller and inform you of your rights.

In case you have any questions or queries as to how we use personal data, please contact privacy@cefic.be.

1. Who we are

Cefic – the European Chemical Industry Council – is an international non-profit association having its registered offices at Rue Belliard 40, 1040 Brussels, Belgium. For more information, see our Statutes.

This policy relates to situations where we act as data controller, i.e. situations where we solely and autonomously determine the purposes and means of the processing of your personal data.

2. What does this privacy policy relate to

This policy mainly relates to the processing of personal data of:

  • individual representatives of Cefic Members and Partners
  • people employed by or representing contractual partners
  • people who have expressed an interest in Cefic and its activities (e.g. by registering to one of our events or newsletters)
  • people with whom Cefic engages with, in the framework of its purpose and activities

3. Type of personal data processed and purpose of processing

Cefic is devoted to promoting a thriving European Chemical Industry that is broadly recognised to provide sustainable, safe, innovative and resource efficient solutions to foster prosperity, growth and investments in Europe and meet the challenges for future generations.

Our main purpose is to serve the Members and the European chemical industry by generating and aggregating scientific knowledge that fosters the purpose of the Association in critical areas and by offering needs-oriented services and expertise to its Members in, amongst others, regulatory, scientific and technical matters. In view of supporting this main purpose, the Association may, in compliance with the antitrust law, promote, defend and represent with particular emphasis on their scientific, technical, pedagogic, environmental, economic, statistical, legal and structural aspects, all matters of common interest to the European chemical industry, in the widest sense, at European and global level, always endeavouring to add value as a collective compared to Member’s activities.

In this context Cefic may process certain personal data. We describe below the categories of data that we process. The data can be either provided directly by yourself or potentially gathered from other sources.

  • If you are working for a Member or Partner of Cefic and that you represent that Member or Partner within Cefic, we will collect the following information about you: first name, last name, e-mail, work address, position, phone number (fixed and/or mobile). Depending on agreed activities, we may as well collect from you: passport/ID details, travel details, academic record/qualifications, biographical information, dietary requirements/allergies.
  • If you contacted or have been contacted by Cefic in the framework of our interest representation activities (e.g. local/national, European, international public servant, national or European parliamentarians and their assistants, interest representatives), we will collect: first name, last name, position, professional email, work address, and other work-related details. Such contacts aim to foster a dialogue between authorities, stakeholders and the chemical sector on national, EU or international policy and regulatory issues.
  • If you sign up for one of our email communications, we will collect and process your personal data to follow up on your request and handle any feedback or query from you. We will collect your first name, last name, organisation, position and e-mail address. You can unsubscribe at any time by using the ‘unsubscribe button’ in the email or by sending an email to the originator.
  • If you attend events organised by Cefic, we will keep a record of your participation. If you are a participant, we will collect your name, position, organisation and professional contact details provided voluntarily for the purposes of the event. With your consent, we may use that information to keep you informed of future events. If you are a speaker, we may additionally collect your bio and picture or other information you volunteer as a speaker. The participants list (name, surname, organisation) is usually made available at the venue.
  • If you represent/work for a company having a business or contractual relationship with Cefic (e.g. service supplier), we will collect your name and professional contact details for the purposes of the business relation or contract, general administrative management, compliance with laws and regulations; and the protection of our rights.
  •  If you visit our website(s) please be aware that our website(s) use(s) cookies. See our cookies policy.

 4. On which legal basis and for what purposes does Cefic process your data?

We always process your personal data within the boundaries of the legal bases laid down under applicable law. We also ensure to limit the processing of your personal data to what is strictly necessary for the achievement and performance of these purposes.

  • Consent

When we process your personal data for specific purposes beyond the usual interactions with Cefic Member/Partner representatives, civil servants, politicians, interest representatives and our institutional communication, we strive to rely on your consent to put you in control of your personal data.

Your prior informed, explicit consent will be requested for registering to Cefic’s communications. Your consent will also be sought in case your presentation or speech is filmed or if your portrait is photographed  at events that we organise. You always have the right to withdraw your consent at any time by contacting the event organiser/email initiator or by sending an email to privacy[@]cefic.be.

  • Performance of legal, statutory or contractual duties

We may process your personal data where this is necessary for the performance of our legal/statutory duties or the performance of our contractual obligation towards you. In such a case, we limit the processing of your personal data to the extent of what is strictly necessary.

If a person applies to represent his/her organisation in a Cefic governance body or structure, Cefic may process personal data of the Member/Partner representative for the functioning in its governance bodies, such as Board Members administration, management, voting procedures and related, following Cefic Statutes, by-laws and operating rules, and Title III of the Belgian law of 27 June 1921 on non-profit associations, foundations, European political parties and European political foundations.

We also process Member and/or Partner representatives’ personal data to ensure the respective Member/Partner enjoys the rights granted by the Cefic Statutes, by-laws, operating rules; and Sector Group Operating Rules (cf. access to Cefic working structures and information).

  • Legitimate interests of Cefic

Cefic may also process your personal data for other purposes, falling under the achievement and the realisation of its legitimate interests, e.g.:

  • to contact policy-makers, stakeholders and journalists on legislative issues, and communicate the position of Cefic on policy issues;
  • to manage the communication and updates to Cefic’s Member or Partner individuals (news, updates, activities) not falling under the abovementioned communications;
  • to publish newsletters and website stories;
  • to draft and publish Cefic’s reports;

to ensure an effective relationship between the Association and its Members/Partners.In such a case, however, Cefic strives to maintain a fair balance between the need to process your data and the preservation of your rights and freedoms, including the protection of your privacy..

5. With whom and how do we share your data?

Beyond the usual interactions with Cefic Member/Partner representatives, civil servants, politicians and interest representatives, your personal data will not be shared with third parties without your express prior consent – except in the following two situations.

  • Processors

We sometimes rely on contractually bound third-party companies and external service providers to provide our services. These service providers may need to process personal data to perform their contractual obligations. When this is the case, processors are permitted to use the data only for the purposes and duration specified by us. Furthermore, they are contractually obligated to handle your data exclusively in line with the applicable data protection laws.

We use service providers for the following:

  • conference/event organisation;
  • distribution of newsletters, the execution of surveys
  • website or data hosting/maintenance;
  • advise/support on public relations and affairs
  • study research, statistics, scientific studies, etc.;
  • logistics service providers, for sending you materials relating to Cefic activities;
  • payment service providers for the purpose of processing all payments from you to us or vice versa;
  • IT service providers for the provision of hardware and software and for the implementation of maintenance work.

Data is disclosed to processors based on Article 28(1) of the GDPR or, alternatively, on the basis of our legitimate interests in the economic and technical advantages associated with the use of specialised processors and on the basis of circumstances in which your rights and interests in the protection of your personal data are not overridden (see point (f) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR).

  • For prosecution reasons

Where required to investigate the unlawful use of our services or for the purposes of prosecution, personal data will be disclosed to the relevant law enforcement authorities and, where applicable, to any third-party claimants. However, such a course of action will only take place if there is concrete evidence of unlawful conduct or misuse. In such cases, your data may also be shared if doing so is required for the fulfilment of terms and conditions of use or other agreements. If requested, we are also legally obligated to disclose such data to certain public authorities, such as law enforcement bodies, authorities that penalise offences with financial penalties, and financial authorities.

In these cases, data is disclosed on the basis of our legitimate interest in combating misuse, aiding the prosecution of criminal offences, and aiding the establishment, assertion and enforcement of claims, in line with point (f) of Article 6(1) of the GDPR.

6. What are your rights?

  • Access, rectification, erasure, portability and objection rights

For all the purposes defined above, and subject to applicable data protection laws, you have the following rights:

  • the right to ask us to provide you with copies of personal data that we hold about you at any time, which include the right to ask us: whether we process your personal data, for what purposes; the categories of data; the recipients to whom the data are shared;
  • the right to ask us to update and correct any out-of-date or incorrect personal data that we hold about you;
  • the right to withdraw your consent where such consent has been given;
  • the right to erasure within the limits afforded by data protection legislation;
  • the right to oppose to the processing of your personal data, within the limits afforded by data protection legislation;
  • the right to data portability within the limits afforded by data protection legislation.
  • How to exercise those rights?

You may at any time exercise the abovementioned rights in accordance with data protection regulations, by sending a request with a copy of your ID card (passport or other proof of identity) to privacy@cefic.be or in writing to Rue Belliard 40 b15, 1040 Brussels, and subject to complying with our reasonable requests to verify your identity.

  • Right to lodge a complaint

You can also lodge a complaint to the Belgian Data Protection Authority either by post at rue de la Presse 35, 1000 Brussels; by e-mail at contact@apd-gba.be; by phone at +32 2 274 48 00 or first-line assistance at +32 2 274 48 78.

7. How long do we keep your personal data?

We will not store your personal data beyond the time necessary for the performance of the purposes for which the data is processed. Specifically, we distinguish between a retention period and an archiving period:

  • The retention period is the maximum period of use of your personal data for specific purposes:
    • the data processed for the execution of the contractual relationship or the performance of a legal duty is kept for the entire duration of the contract, or as long as the legal duty applies, and for the prescription period upon termination of the contract or of the legal obligation;
    • the data processed for other purposes may be retained for a longer period during which we will reassess the need to keep this data and pseudonymize the data where it does not affect the realisation of the purposes.
  • The archiving period meets our legal obligation as well as the legal need to retain your data beyond the retention period for evidentiary purposes or to respond to requests for information from the competent authorities.

8. How do we protect your personal data?

We take appropriate technical and organisational measures to safeguard and protect your personal data, against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental destruction, loss, access, misuses, damage and any other unlawful forms of processing of the personal data in our possession.

9. How to contact us?

If you have any questions or comments about this privacy policy, if you would like to exercise your rights, or to update the information we have about you or your preferences, please contact us at  privacy@cefic.be.


Cookies Policy

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that a website stores on your computer or mobile device when you visit our Website.  It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences), so you do not have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the Website or browse from one page to another.

They are also used to optimize your browsing experience and simplify transactions online. Cookies allow us to recognize you every time you visit the Website and to recall personalized settings. This facilitates and improves your browsing experience. Finally, we collect some data on how the Website is accessed to establish anonymised statistics and improve its overall performance in terms of speed and functionality/ease of use.

There are mainly two types of cookies: ‘essential’ cookies and ‘non-essential’ cookies.

  • Essential cookies: are cookies that are essential for our Website to function. They are automatically placed on your computer or device when you access our website to allow you to browse it and to use its main features.
  • Non-essential cookies: are cookies that allow you to personalise your user experience on our Website but are not 100% essential for it to function.  They are only placed on your computer or device if you have consented to us doing so.

These two types of cookies each have different characteristics that can be distinguished and classified according to the length of time for which they are valid and the origin of their placement:

  • Persistent or permanent cookies: remain after a session is closed. They are kept on the Visitor’s hard drive until they expire or until the Visitor deletes the cookies. Persistent cookies are used to collect identification data relating to the Visitor, such as behaviour while surfing the internet or preferences for a specific website.
  • Session cookies: only last for the time taken to visit a website (session). They expire when you close your browser.
  • First-party cookies: these belong to the site that you choose to visit;
  • Third-party cookies: these are cookies connected with the activity of partner third parties. They are imported from a site the content of which is accessible indirectly, for example via an image or a banner.

If you require further information about cookies in general, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org.

Here below the list of cookies we use on our Website.

  1. Addthis (Advertising cookies) AddThis
  2. Google AJAX Search APIO (Essential cookies) Google for Developers – from AI and Cloud to Mobile and Web
  3. Google Custom Search (Essential cookies) Programmable Search Engine by Google
  4. Google Analytics (Analyticscookies) Analytics Tools & Solutions for Your Business – Google Analytics
  5. Hotjar : We use Hotjar in order to better understand our users’ needs and to optimize this service and experience. Hotjar is a technology service that helps us better understand our users experience (e.g. how much time they spend on which pages, which links they choose to click, what users do and don’t like, etc.) and this enables us to build and maintain our service with user feedback. Hotjar uses cookies and other technologies to collect data on our users’ behavior and their devices (in particular device’s IP address (captured and stored only in anonymized form), device screen size, device type (unique device identifiers), browser information, geographic location (country only), preferred language used to display our website). Hotjar stores this information in a pseudonymized user profile. Neither Hotjar nor we will ever use this information to identify individual users or to match it with further data on an individual user. For further details, please see Hotjar’s privacy policy by clicking on this link. You can opt-out to the creation of a user profile, Hotjar’s storing of data about your usage of our site and Hotjar’s use of tracking cookies on other websites by following this opt-out link.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics cookies are classified as first party cookies as they are set by our website domain, although Google collects and processes information from our use of Google Analytics. To find out more about how Google handles information collected from Google Analytics, see Google Analytics’ privacy policy, which is available here: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245.

For information on how Google uses data from cookies it uses, please visit www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/.

How can you manage cookies?

You can manage and delete cookies as you wish.  For details, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org.

Removing cookies from your device

You can delete all cookies that are already on your device by clearing the browsing data and history of your browser. This will remove all cookies from all websites you visited.  However, be aware that you may also lose some saved information (e.g. saved login details, site preferences).

Managing site-specific cookies

For more detailed control over site-specific cookies, check the privacy and cookie settings in your preferred browser.  Indeed, most browsers allow you to refuse, to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version.

Blocking cookies

You can set most modern browsers to prevent any cookies being placed on your device, but you may then have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit our Website or some pages.   Blocking some or all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.  If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features and services on our website.