Our Royal Charter was granted in 1980 and states that the object for which we are constituted is "the general advancement of chemical science and its application and for that purpose:
- to foster and encourage the growth and application of such science by the dissemination of chemical knowledge;
- to establish, uphold and advance the standards of qualification, competence and conduct of those who practise chemistry as a profession;
- to serve the public interest by acting in an advisory, consultative or representative capacity in matters relating to the science and practice of chemistry; and
- to advance the aims and objectives of members of the Society so far as they relate to the advancement of the science or practice of chemistry."
As a learned society we are concerned with advancing chemistry as a science, developing its applications, and disseminating chemical knowledge.
As a professional body we maintain professional qualifications and set high standards of competence and conduct for professional chemists. We also provide a wide range of services and activities of value both to members, and to the community.
As a representative body we provide information and advice on issues involving the science and practice of chemistry at all levels. We also act on behalf of qualified chemists so that their expertise and experience may be used to the best advantage of the community.
As a chartered body, we have a special status with a paramount duty to serve the public interest while remaining completely objective.
Our Charter was amended in 2001. These changes allowed the introduction of a new membership structure, under which the number of membership categories was reduced, and the award of CChem was separated from admission of a Member (MRSC) or Fellow (FRSC).