The Formulation Science and Technology Group (FSTG) is a subject group of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London (U.K.). It is the leading scientific organisation dedicated to product formulation.
Purpose of the FSTG
To act as an international forum at all stages of product formulation and to be a key point of reference for professionals in the field of formulation science and technology. The FSTG is concerned with the impact of formulation and will support, and contribute to, identifying best practices, promote innovation and raise awareness of developments for the benefit of the scientific community.
Terms of Reference
- To organise scientific meetings and other activities to enable those involved in formulation to adopt best practices, exchange knowledge and promote innovation.
- To enable dialogue between all parties concerned with formulation to foster awareness of the field of formulation science and technology and to educate practitioners.
- To discuss and comment on relevant policies and practices relevant to the formulation community.
- To share and facilitate knowledge exchange between members, academia, industry, stakeholders, and policy makers.
- To identify the impact of science and technology on all aspects of product formulation, including (but not limited to) pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, personal care products, speciality chemicals and coatings.
- To emphasise, explore and extend the contribution of chemistry to formulation science and technology from initial concept to market research and future design.
What is formulation?
The science and technology of formulation is about making making products from raw materials.
It could also be said that formulation is about designing the everyday products we all use: detergents, cosmetics, paints, pharmaceuticals, food to the oil in our cars.
The formulation industry encompasses all the major names of household products we all depend on, but also specialist industrial products.
It is a vast industry that is brought together under the banner of the Formulation Sceince and Technology Group.
Formulation science covers the core of physical and colloid chemistries, as well as analytical chemistry, chemical engineering, pharmaceutcial and biological sciences.
Because formulations, or products, are aimed at end users, formulation scientists must also interact with marketing, packing and device experts, and be mindful of environmental and toxicological issues.