Professionalism in Chemistry
ICCON is a professional regulatory body statutorily charged with the responsibility of regulating the teaching, learning, and the practice of Chemistry Profession in Nigeria
ICCON is a professional regulatory body statutorily charged with the responsibility of regulating the teaching and professional practice of Chemistry profession in Nigeria. ICCON is under the Federal Ministry of Health.
Since 1946 when Nigeria’s first chemistry graduate, the late Professor Stephen Oluwole Awokoya bagged his B.Sc from the University of London, the country has produced generations of chemists for various sectors of the economy. But there was yet no government-recognized regulatory body to regulate the practice of chemists in Nigeria.
ICCON is statutorily charged with the responsibility to regulate the teaching, learning, and standard best practice of Chemistry
Determining what standards of knowledge and skill are to be attained by persons seeking to be registered as Chemists and raising the standards from time to time as situations may warrant.
Training and re-training of its members by organizing a Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (MCPD) program for its members to update their knowledge and skills.
Work with relevant agencies in the establishment of standards, and regulations as regards Chemicals Production, Usage and Management, and reviewing such standards from time to time.
Synergize with relevant agencies to promotion Small and Medium Scale Enterprises and self-reliant activities by organizing seminars/workshops on skills acquisition programmes for Chemists and non-Chemists alike.
Accreditation of chemistry departments in higher Institutions of learning in collaboration with other key stakeholders.
Professionalizing the practice of Chemists by exercising regulatory authority and control over all persons in private or public organizations and corporate bodies handling all chemicals apart from drugs (hazardous or non-hazardous)
Auditing the quality of personnel in chemical-related manufacturing outfits to ensure conformity with standards.
Collaborating with relevant national educational commissions/bodies such as NUC, NBTE, NCCE, WAEC etc in standardization of Chemistry curricula in secondary and tertiary levels
Synergizing with other relevant bodies e.g. NAFDAC, SON, IPAN, SMEDAN, FMOH, FMEnv, APBN etc in harmonizing and monitoring the implementation of National and International conventions / agreements on chemicals and Chemical management to ensure safety on human health and environment.
Undertaking public enlightenment on rational use, government policies and legislations on chemicals by way of seminars/workshops, mass media, ICT, etc.
Establishing and maintaining a register of Chartered Chemists in Nigeria.
Promoting research and development (R&D) and proffering solutions in Chemical matters to relevant organizations using the expertise of its reputable members.
Synergizing with International organizations and societies in the standardization of Chemistry education and practice. Such organizations include International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) – Britain, America Chemical Society (ACS), etc. This is to foster co-operation and exchange programme / capacity building for its members
Responsible for information/data collation, processing and dissemination as regards chemical usage and management to stakeholders and Government authorities for policy formulation.