Biochemica UK Ltd is a member of many professional organisations and trade bodies relating to the water industry and accredited by numerous complementary associations in support of our high standards.
Our employees are also able to demonstrate their experience, skills and expertise through individual professional memberships.
Here’s some further information on the various bodies Biochemica and its staff are associated with. Please click on the logos to be directed to the official websites.
Legionella Control Association (LCA)
The Legionella Control Association is a voluntary organisation whose membership comprises providers of services and products concerned with the control of Legionella bacteria in water systems. The primary aim is to keep water systems safe and minimise the risk of cases of Legionnaires’ disease caused by poorly maintained systems. While membership is voluntary, it is widely seen across the industry as increasingly important in demonstrating a commitment to high standards of service.
Biochemica is a Full member of the Legionella Control Association and audited by them as a service provider for the following categories: Risk Assessment (all system types), Water Treatment, Hot & Cold Water Monitoring and Inspection, Cleaning and Disinfection, Independent Consultancy, Training, Off-Site Analytical and Plant & Equipment. As a member, we agree to abide by the LCA’s Code of Conduct and are listed as a service provider on the organisation’s website.
British Association for Chemical Specialities (BACS)
The British Association for Chemical Specialities is a UK-based trade association which represents manufacturers of performance / effect chemicals and speciality chemical intermediates, formulators of consumer, industrial and institutional products and companies offering services to the speciality chemicals sector.
BACS provides its members with opportunities to participate in the work of specialist sector groups, access to a wide range of information, support on issues, a helpdesk facility for any regulatory or technical queries and a range of training courses. The BACS Programme of sector group meetings and specialist training courses is a source of valuable information for Biochemica to keep abreast of industry developments and an aid to professional development.
Chemical Business Association (CBA)
The Chemical Business Association acts the voice of the UK chemical supply chain, its primary role being to safeguard the interests of the industry and represent its members which comprise of chemical distributors, traders, manufacturers and blenders as well as logistics and service providers.
Biochemica holds Distributor Membership to the CBA following a formal application process which was approved by current full members. As a member, Biochemica also participates in the CBA’s Responsible Care programme.
Responsible Care is the global chemical industry’s initiative to continually improve health, safety and environmental performance, which mirrors Biochemica’s key priorities. Biochemica is certified as being committed to the Responsible Care Programme of the Chemical Business Association.
Biochemica accepts that it has a responsibility to the principles of sustainability and environmental awareness as summarised by the ISO 14001:2004 standard. In response to this, we have developed an Environmental Policy and Management System to address how we can improve our day-to-day impact on the environment. The Policy is communicated to all employees and available to customers.
Biochemica has been externally assessed and certified by the British Assessment Bureau as meeting the requirements of ISO 14001: 2004 for Water Management Projects. This certification is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).
Quality assurance is integral to Biochemica’s business and service delivery as we aim to constantly enhance customer satisfaction. We have a stringent Quality Management System in place to ensure our standards are consistently of high quality and communicate our Policy to all employees.
Biochemica has been externally assessed and certified by the British Assessment Bureau as meeting the requirements of ISO 9001:2008, demonstrating our commitment to upholding and continually improving high standards of quality in respect of Water Management Projects. This certification is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).
Health and safety is of the utmost importance to Biochemica and our staff. We are dedicated to ensuring that our Health and Safety Policy and Management system considers not only our own staff but our clients and their stakeholders. As such, Biochemica meets the requirements of and is registered with the world’s most recognised occupational health and safety management systems standard, OHSAS 18001:2007.
Biochemica is safecontractor approved, marking our adherence to up to date health and safety legislation and commitment to upholding high standards.
Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS)
Biochemica is CHAS accredited having been assessed as being compliant and committing to annual assessments to demonstrate our maintenance of high levels of health and safety management.
Constructionline is the UK’s largest register of local and national pre-qualified construction and construction-related service providers, consultants and materials suppliers. Constructionline has been developed and refined by Government Health and Safety and Procurement Professionals, with the support of the Health and Safety Executive.
Biochemica is registered to Constructionline, which provides assurance of our quality and means that we meet the required technical and financial standards for work in the public and private sector.
Achilles Utilities Vendor Database (UVDB)
Achilles UVDB is the community for the UK utilities industry. It enables the utilities sector to use Achilles’ proven supplier pre-qualification system to manage risk within the supply chain and comply with EU regulations.
Biochemica is registered on the UVDB, meaning that we are independently verified by Achilles, a key differentiator allowing us to demonstrate our standards as a supplier. This verified quality provides proof of our credibility as a service provider.
UN Global Compact
Cementing our promise to corporate social responsibility (CSR), Biochemica UK Ltd was the first water treatment company in the UK chemical industry to sign up to the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact.
The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with over 12,000 signatories in 170 countries and lays out universal principals on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption which participant companies must align their strategies and operations with.
As part of our pledge, Biochemica will report annually on CSR efforts.
CIPS Sustainability Index (CSI)
Biochemica is a ‘Rated Supplier’ on the CIPS Sustainability Index.
Endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, the CIPS Sustainability Index is the de facto supplier sustainability standard and demonstrates our solid performance across the three pillars of sustainability: Social, Economic and Environmental.
Biochemica was required to undertake a rigorous audit assessment to gain the standard, which is the only independent, verified measurement tool available to enable us to prove our sustainability credentials.
Northeast of England Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC)
NEPIC is a cluster organisation representing the pharmaceutical, chemical, petrochemical, speciality chemical, polymer and biotechnology industries and their supply chain in North East England. NEPIC was created by leaders from the Process Industry to provide the mechanism for intimate collaboration. Through a high level of engagement with its member companies and the credibility and support NEPIC receives from both public and private sector stakeholders, it has become a unified voice for the process industry in the region.
Not only is Biochemica a member organisation of NEPIC, but our Managing Director sits on their Leadership Team alongside some of the region’s most influential process industry figures. The aim of the Leadership Team is to provide professional guidance to the Cluster and to ensure that the NEPIC Growth Strategy will reach its targets.
North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC)
The NECC exists to serve its members, which own the organisation, and to make the North East a great place to do business. Consultation between NECC and its members forms the foundation on which it is able to campaign and secure better conditions for regional companies.
NECC is accredited by the British Chamber of Commerce meaning NECC’s members – including Biochemica UK Ltd are part of the international Chamber network, one of the most prevalent business communities in the world.
In 2015, Managing Director, Dave Ruddy – a former NECC apprentice was named as one of the NECC’s ‘Apprentice Greats’ as part of its two hundredth year anniversary celebrations.
Many of Biochemica’s workforce have membership to the Water Management Society (formerly the Industrial Water Society), while some individuals are part of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC), Society of Biology (MSB), Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).