The European Chemical Industry Council or Cefic (from its former French name Conseil Européen des Fédérations de l'Industrie Chimique) is the main European trade association for the chemical industry. It was founded in 1972. Its headquarters are located in Brussels. Cefic is a not-for-profit making organization which represents 29,000 large, medium and small chemical companies in Europe, interacting on behalf of their members with international and EU institutions, non-governmental organisations, the international media, and other stakeholders. Chemicals companies in the European Union employ a total staff of about 1.2 million and account for 14.7% of world chemical production.
The Conseil Européen des Fédérations de l'Industrie Chimique (Cefic) was created in 1972.
In 1990, the association changed its name to European Chemical Industry Council to reflect the integration of the chemical companies. The Cefic acronym was nevertheless retained.
Elected on October 25, 2018, Versalis (Eni) CEO and President of PlasticsEurope Daniele Ferrari is the current President of Cefic. Mr Ferrari took over the leadership from Clariant Chairman Hariolf Kottmann, who completed his two-year term.
Cefic represent has 670 members and affiliates. Combined they form one of the most active networks of the business community, complemented by partnerships with industry associations representing various sectors in the value chain.
Cefic's organizational structure consists of a General Assembly, a Board, an Executive Committee, the National Association Board, a Leadership Team, five Programme Councils, three industry sector groups and three advisory fora.