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The necessity and desirability of establishing a legal status for chemical professionals has been apparent to Nova Scotia chemists for some time. A mini-survey of those practicing chemistry demonstrated definite support for the formation of a Professional Association.  Alberta, Ontario and Quebec have Professional Associations for chemists in their provinces. In Alberta, the biologists, agrologists and several other such professions have been accorded legal status as professionals.  Other provinces have associations for a number of professions that commonly require Professional Certification in order to practice.  In Nova Scotia, as an example, the geo-scientists have been accorded similar privileges.

While the nature of federal legislation precludes a national organization operating under a Dominion Charter from possessing legal recognition in provincial matters, the Province can endow upon an organization such attributes.  For this reason, the NSCS was registered as a Society under the Societies Act.  This was accomplished in 2004 as the first step toward Professional registration. The intent is that, once the membership is established at sufficient numbers and with adequate funding, it will be possible to move forward to Professional Registration under the Nova Scotia Legislation.  It is the goal of the Society to accomplish this in 2006 (with the passing of a Professional Chemists Act).


The purpose (objectives) of the Society is:

  1. To ensure an increasing level of service to industry, government, and the public by the profession;

  2. To ensure and maintain high standards of competence, integrity and ethics within the profession;

  3. To develop further an appreciation of the profession among other professions, industries, government and the public;

  4. To enhance the image of the chemical sciences with all sectors of the public;

  5.  To improve the conditions under which members of the profession are working within the province;

  6.  To promote among students a recognition of the importance of the study of chemical sciences and encourage their interest in chemistry as a career;

  7.  To promote and increase the knowledge, skill, and proficiency of its members in all things relating to chemical sciences;

  8.  To improve the standards of excellence in research, investigation, education, and publicity as they pertain to the profession;

  9.  To instil as sense of pride and professionalism in its members;

  10.  To do any other thing that the Society reasonably considers will further its goals and objectives.