We are predominantly involved in business-to-business transactions. We work to ensure that our products can safely be used by customers for their intended purpose. Our customers are generally formulators who have their own procedures and specialists to assess hazards and risks, and we aim to provide the foundation and necessary data to support the safe use of our customers’ products.
The safe handling, use and transportation of our products lie in the hands of competent specialists. These experts assess our products on the basis of their bio- and eco-toxicological properties and their physico-chemical properties and derive the appropriate measures within the applicable legal framework. A prerequisite of successful product launches in today's demanding markets is the on-deadline compliance with all statutory requirements like notification, registration, labeling and dissemination of material safety data sheets. Comprehensive and timely information for internal and external customers and for the authorities is a business condition.
Regulation and Requirements
We must take into account public perceptions, regulation and global chemical management initiatives such as GHS (Globally Harmonized System for classification, labelling and packaging of chemicals). Challenging programs include the European Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) initiative, the US EPA Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (Proposition 65). In addition, other countries are launching similar regulatory schemes (e.g. China-REACH, Korea K-REACH and K-BPR, Turkey KKDIK). These are ongoing efforts and we continue to strive to comply with the requirements, including those related to REACH Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC).
To ensure the safe handling and use of products, regulatory authorities in many countries require animal testing, especially in the development of health ingredients. When this is the case, we work with independent contract laboratories who are carefully selected to ensure they meet the highest ethical and quality standards. Whenever possible, we request validated alternatives to animal tests. We work with contract laboratories that are accredited for animal welfare protection, plus all the study protocols are approved by the institutional ethics board and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
We have also developed alternatives to animal models. Examples include the Bioscience Solutions’ primary cell and media product lines, which provide a viable alternative to animal models in research and development labs.