Product stewardship is the practice of good management of chemicals throughout the entire supply chain from “cradle to grave”. This includes chemical regulation, labelling, safety and communication – stewardship frequently overlaps with occupational health and safety and environmental monitoring.
It covers all areas of chemical and related industries. Cosmetics, cleaning products, fuels, industrial chemicals, pesticides, and biocides all have regulatory requirements. Regulatory activities require a range of inputs from experts including chemists, toxicologists, environmental fate specialists, eco-toxicologists, risk assessors, and regulatory personnel.
Registering chemicals can be a long process with hazard testing taking between six months and two years depending upon the regulation and quantity to be placed upon the market. An effective strategy is key to avoid delays when bringing products to market.
Most chemical regulatory authorities in the developed world also place additional obligations on registrants in the years after the chemical has been registered. Additional testing requirements, risk assessments, and site inspections are common for substances of concern.
Sustainable products and life cycle assesment
Measuring and communicating the sustainability performance of products and services in response to customer, competitor or wider stakeholder and market demands is rising up the corporate agenda. Life Cycle Assessment offers a harmonised and transparent approach to this complex request.
We have a market leading global assesment team and access to a range of Life Cycle Assessment software such as GaBi, SimaPro and One Click alongside access to databases like EcoInvent. We also have individually approved Environmental Product Declarations verifiers who provide independent validation.
The assessment follows internationally recognised standards and results can be communicated to stakeholders through Environmental Product Declarations, EcoLabels, EU aligned Product Environmental Footprints or a full study.