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World Coatings Council Press Releases

Please Note: Prior to August 2019, the name of the World Coatings Council was the International Paint & Printing Ink Council (IPPIC).


IPPIC  Supports WHO International Lead Poisoning Prevention
Week of Action



Oct. 21, 2018 –  Washington, DC – The International Paint and Painting Ink Council, Inc. (IPPIC) supports the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, Oct. 21-27, 2018. During the campaign week, the United Nations’ Lead Paint Alliance (LPA) aims to: raise awareness about health effects of lead poisoning; highlight countries and partners’ efforts to prevent particularly childhood lead poisoning; and urge further action to eliminate lead paint through regulatory action at country level. The LPA (formerly the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint), is an organization established under WHO and the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). IPPIC acknowledges all of the activities being advanced by other interested parties during WHO’s planned week of action.

IPPIC member associations have long had an interest in addressing the health, safety and environmental impacts associated with the manufacture and use of paints and printing inks, including the recognition, evaluation and control of hazards arising from the use of lead in paint.

IPPIC actively support the efforts of the UN’s LPA to engage governments and implement effective and enforceable legislation and regulation. This work is centered in countries not currently restricting lead use in paint, and IPPIC has committed to support industry outreach and education efforts in key regions.

In 2017, IPPIC revised its longstanding policy statement (first published in 2009) to reflect enhanced commitment and support by the global industry for restriction on the use of lead compounds in paint:

IPPIC notes the long-standing effectiveness of lead-use restrictions that are already in place in many jurisdictions around the world and recommends their widespread adoption by authorities not currently regulating the use of lead in paint and printing ink. To this end, IPPIC supports the UN’s Lead Paint Alliance ‘Model Law,’ as a useful starting point for both government and industry to collaborate on developing restrictions that ensure widespread and verifiable compliance.

Building on IPPIC’s experience with industry workshops in South America in 2016, a new effort is underway to build a curriculum and protocol for more expanded industry outreach. IPPIC has established “regional champion” organizations to take the lead in industry outreach and education efforts, specifically in Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Africa, and Europe-Middle East. These organizations will engage company-level support to achieve LPA goals established for 2020, to: 

  • prevent children’s exposure to paints containing lead and to minimize occupational exposure to lead paint;
  • secure the participation of representatives and interested experts from Governments, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) including civil society, regional bodies, philanthropic organizations, academia, the media and the private sector; and
  • promote the establishment of appropriate national regulatory frameworks to stop the manufacture, import, export, sale and use of lead paints and products coated with lead paints.

Working with fellow LPA partners, IPPIC expects to advance new initiatives that will establish effective controls and formalize the necessary technical aspects of regulations to support reliable industry compliance. Notably, IPPIC is a recognized Non-governmental Organization (NGO) that has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).


IPPIC Partners with World Ocean Council to Present Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) Session on Biofouling and Invasive Species

July 10, 2018 — The International Paint and Printing Ink Council (IPPIC) is partnering with the World Ocean Council (WOC) to present a special session at WOC’s 2018 Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS). The 2018 SOS will be held November 14-16 at the New World Millennium Hotel in Hong Kong.

The IPPIC-led session, “Biofouling and Invasive Aquatic Species: The GEF-UNDP-IMO GloFouling Partnerships Project – Opportunities for Business Collaboration and Implementation,” will examine how the ocean business community – particularly ship owners and operators – can act to manage biofouling and mitigate the threat of invasive species. IPPIC member companies are leaders in creating innovative and effective products that control or minimize biofouling, and which foster good hull-management practices in the global shipping fleet. Both IPPIC and WOC have worked to focus attention on biofouling, including its potential to serve as a vector for the introduction of invasive species and the significant threat to ocean biodiversity that this can pose.

A major international initiative to address biofouling – the GloFouling Project – is being launched with WOC as the lead implementer for engaging ocean industry action with and through key organizations, including IPPIC, which is a strategic partner of the initiative. The project is a collaboration between the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and is intended to help protect marine ecosystems from the negative effects of invasive aquatic species. The GloFouling project focuses on preventing the transfer of aquatic species through biofouling on ships’ underwater hull and structures.

The development of innovative coatings that control biofouling on ships, offshore structures, and other key infrastructure involves not only technical research hurdles, but also a host of regulatory challenges producers must face bringing these products to market. Coatings researchers must balance the requirement for products that not only control biofouling effectively, but which do so in a way that is cognizant of the need to minimize ancillary environmental damage, including harm to other species that are not implicated in fouling. In this way, coatings scientists must balance the need for effective treatments while avoiding harm to the marine environment.

The led session fits the summit’s 2018 theme, “Ocean Sustainable Development – Connecting Asia and the World,” and is intended to advance action by considering:

The GloFouling Initiative and the role of coatings in preventing invasive species;

Role of coatings in greenhouse gas reduction and greener shipping;

Regulatory and other challenges to effective biofouling management; and

The emergence of the maritime sector in China and how it impacts the market for antifouling technologies.
The SOS 2018 will assemble ocean industry CEOs to consider the future of the ocean business, provide projections on growth of the ocean economy, bring together women leaders in the maritime sector and Young Ocean Professionals, address port resiliency, sustainable fishing and aquaculture, energy from the ocean, marine pollution, marine biodiversity, and increasing ocean knowledge through industry data collection – and other topics critical to the Sustainable Development Goals.

To learn more about the 2018 SOS or register, visit

WCC and its members have long been leaders promoting effective biofouling management on a global level. In addition to its research and development activities to provide products to the global maritime industry, IPPIC has been a key contributor at the IMO, developing a biofouling management structure and template to help ship owners and operators put in place an effective biofouling management plan. IPPIC also works with business organizations, other non-governmental organizations, and all levels of government to help develop smart regulation of biofouling and hull management tools and products.


IPPIC Endorses GEF-UNDP GloFouling Project

Project Aims to Protect Marine Ecosystems from Invasive Aquatic Species via Ship Hulls

May 2, 2018 — The International Paint and Printing Ink Council, Inc. (IPPIC) has endorsed the GloFouling Partnerships project. The project is a collaboration between the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and is intended to help protect marine ecosystems from the negative effects of invasive aquatic species. The GloFouling Partnerships project will focus on preventing the transfer of aquatic species through biofouling on ships’ underwater hull and structures.

The project will also promote the implementation of the July 2011 IMO Guidelines for the control and management of ships’ biofouling, which provide guidance on how biofouling should be controlled and managed to reduce the transfer of invasive aquatic species.

The GloFouling project will build on the success of the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships project, which worked to build capacity to implement IMO’s Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention. The BWM treaty addresses the transfer of potentially invasive aquatic species via the ballast water of ships.

IPPIC is a strategic partner in support of the GloFouling project, helping advance the project’s goals. Notably, IPPIC has long been active in the prevention of biofouling, including educating the marine community, and creating and publishing with IMarESTtemplate for the completion of a biofouling management plan to help ship owners and operators comply with their obligations under the IMO biofouling guidelines. This template, introduced at the 70th session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee, has subsequently been endorsed by key regulatory agencies, including those in California and New Zealand. IPPIC members also undertake extensive research and development efforts to develop and improve key antifouling technologies. These efforts provide tangible environmental benefits, both by averting the introduction of problematic invasive species which might attach themselves to the hulls of fouled vessels, and by increasing hull efficiency, which is a key contributor to the IMO’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The GloFouling project will build capacity in developing countries to reduce the transboundary introduction of biofouling-mediated invasive aquatic species. IPPIC will support these efforts to help address the risks posed by Harmful Aquatic Organisms and Pathogens (HAOP) transferred via biofouling, which is another vector for transfer of HAOP as important as ballast water.

The GloFouling Partnerships project concept was approved by the GEF Council in May 2017, with a total funding of $6.9 million (US) earmarked for implementation. The IMO, as the implementing agency, is working to launch the program later in 2018.