The Photoinitiators Platform is an industry group dedicated to serve the common interests of manufacturers, suppliers and end-users of photoinitiators.

The primary purpose of the Association is to act as a single interlocutor vis-à-vis governments, agencies and other stakeholders in the framework of regulation and policy-making affecting photoinitiators worldwide. This includes EU REACH and third-country chemicals regimes, legislation on food contact materials and import duties. Another focus will be upcoming regulations affecting food contact materials and NIAS (non-intentionally added substances).

The Association also aims to carry out scientific research where required.

The initial focus of the Association will be to develop and strengthen a network and form relations primarily with the European Institutions and Regulatory Agencies and other strategic partners and stakeholders, argue the case for continued use of photoinitiators, as well as promote safe use of these substances. The PIP is keen to collaborate with other associations in the photoinitiators industry.

It is intended to communicate and exchange information with the broader ultraviolet (UV) community and with end-users, in preference through their respective representative bodies.

The Association has elected Michael Kiehnel of BCH, located in Germany, as Chair, and Stephen Postle of IGM, who is based in the USA, as Vice-Chair.

Task forces

The Photoinitiators Platform covers over 80 substances.  These 80 substances cover a wide range of chemistries.  In addition, the group needs to consider different downstream uses, applications, and modes of usage. Consequently, task forces have been set up to enable the membership to focus on these different aspects of photoinitiator applications.

Some task forces, such as the phosphine oxide task force, are looking at substance groups.  The substance groups are being looked at to determine if ECHA either has or is likely to view the substances in a group for the purpose of evaluation/authorisation, and if so, whether the Photoinitiators Platform would agree that the chemistry supports such a grouping.

The Photoinitiators Platform intends to engage with ECHA on these topics and has already communicated to this effect. An additional task force has been set up in collaboration with EuPIA to look at photolytes (the decomposition products arising from normal use of photoinitiators).


The Association is open to all actors in the supply chain, with Associate membership being reserved for downstream users.

Full Membership

Full members must be a legal entity that manufactures, sells or distributes photoinitiators.

Associate Membership

Associate members may be legal entities that place on the market or use photoinitiators within a composite substance or product intended for final-users.

Associate members may participate fully in the General Assembly and the Board.  Their participation in committees or task forces will be at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

The admission of members will be decided by the Board of Directors

Full Members

Associate Members