The society was formed in April 1986 to fulfil a need for an organisation serving the whole of the UK which would provide a forum for those who shared a common interest in the provision of clean manufacturing and product cleanliness.
The objectives of S2C2 as laid down in its constitution are:
To advance the education of the public in matters relating to the practice and science of contamination control.
To assist in the development of contamination control for the benefit of the public, not only for the advancement of the education of the public but also for the furtherance of their health.
To assist in the standardisation of effective methods of contamination control.
In furtherance of the above objectives but not otherwise, the society, in collaboration with the relevant authorities (whether central or local government), industry, universities, technical colleges, schools, technical and professional associations and research institutions shall:
Organise symposia, seminars, exhibitions, lectures and other events for the dissemination of knowledge and experience gained in contamination control
Encourage instruction about the training in contamination control
Encourage research into all matters affecting contamination control
Participate, where appropriate, in the drawing up and monitoring of standards and guidelines about contamination control