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May 06, 2014: The Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association (GPCA) today announced the launch of a three-year assessment programme across the GCC region that will promote supply chain efficiency, flexibility and transparency in the petrochemical and chemical industry.

The Gulf Sustainability and Quality Assessment System (SQAS) is a uniform, independent and standardised programme for petrochemical logistics service providers that will enable companies to track and monitor progress in their environment, health, safety, security and quality (EHSS&Q) processes.This helps identify and improve weak areas in the supply chain and develop cost-efficient practices that shorten lead times and are environmentally sustainable.

Reports generated from the assessment will assist petrochemical and chemical companies in evaluating their service providers.

"The Gulf SQAS programme will measure the EHSS&Q standards of all the logistics service providers in the six GCC countries," said Alan Izzard, director of GPCA's SQAS program. "Certified independent assessors will evaluate a variety of technical aspects related to chemical and petrochemical warehousing, road and future rail transport and associated chemical cleaning stations, which are crucial elements of a product supply chain."

Izzard continued: "The programme will lead to an efficient and integrated system for logistics companies, driving consistent alignment with the advancements in the petrochemical and chemical industries worldwide. It will also ensure that international benchmarks are established outside the manufacturing facilities."

Dr. Abdulwahab Al Sadoun, Secretary-General of the GPCA, added: "The Gulf SQAS programme is a natural step forward in our drive towards making the region's petrochemical industry efficient, safe and successful. The initiative demonstrates that sustainability cannot be exercised in isolation, and needs to be undertaken in a holistic and integrated manner."

The programme has the support of the region's major petrochemical companies.

"To date, 29 of the region's main players, accounting for 87% of the total regional production volume, signed a declaration of support for this program" concluded Dr. Sadoun. "It is testimony of how the industry is evolving with a vision to adopt long term perspectives."

The initiative was launched during GPCA's sixth annual Supply Chain Conference, which started on May 6 and will conclude on May 8 in Dubai, UAE.

SQAS was initiated by Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council and sister organisation of the GPCA.

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