The NZIC represents some 1000 members involved in the profession of chemistry. Members participate in the study, practice, teaching, promotion and management of chemistry.
The NZIC was founded in 1931. It is comprised of six branches and a number of specialist groups . The governing council comprises a delegate from each Branch Committee together with an elected President, first and second Vice Presidents, General Secretary and General Treasurer. Members of Council are elected annually at the AGM, in recent years the First Vice-President has been elected unopposed to the Presidency and the Second Vice-President has been elected unopposed to the First Vice-Presidency.
Members of the NZIC can also elect to belong to one or more Specialist Groups within the NZIC. There are 10 Specialist Groups registered, of varying activity. Some are functional only during national Conferences, while others have active year-long programmes, including their own conferences, and recruit non-NZIC members as affiliates.