Chemical Policy Development: A Recipe for Managing Restricted Substances Throughout the Full Product Lifecycle 

Restricted Substances Full Product Lifecycle

How does your organization manage restricted substances? Do you currently have a governance, risk management and compliance (GRC) network or chemical policy in place? Do you know which elements are considered essential as part of a plan to ensure consistent compliance?

A GRC Network is an interconnected set of processes, rules, tools and systems to adopt, implement, manage and monitor integrated, organizational programs. This achieves safety and compliance throughout the product lifecycle and up and down the supply chain. Many senior risk and compliance managers rely on this type of managed approach.

At the recent virtual Engage’20 Regulatory Compliance Forum and User Conference, Kami Blake, Sr. Customer Success Expert at Verisk 3E, discussed the importance of developing a GRC Network and chemical policy and how to take an approach which focuses on processes and policy. She outlined which considerations should be made to ensure intelligent compliance across the product lifecycle, including within the workplace.

In her presentation, Blake talked about the importance of having “a policy and a process approach to take a structured, organized methodology in managing all the information that must be gathered, analyzed, distributed and disseminated in the product lifecycle as well as up and down the supply chain.”

The organizationally broad approach suggested by Blake requires organizations to:

Expand the scope of responsibilities from source to sale..
Consider an organizationally broad CSR approach.

  • Shift away from siloed compartmentalization to account for and collaborate on interrelated organizational activities.
  • Identify stakeholders and decision makers from across the enterprise.

Deploy critical data assets that can be leveraged across the enterprise to ensure consistency and manage costs.

Build and/or acquire systems that have the following attributes:

  • Data centricity, wired for constant change.
  • Integration-ready systems that can build and share data and documents with other enterprise or third-party systems.

Deploy critical data assets that can be leveraged across the enterprise to ensure consistency and manage costs.

Build and/or acquire systems that have the following attributes:

  • Data centricity, wired for constant change.
  • Integration-ready systems that can build and share data and documents with other enterprise or third-party systems.
  • Adaptable systems that can be configured to align with effective processes (vs. rigid systems that require substantial process overhaul).

Build management of change (MOC) viability into the bones of policy and process framework.


Six Elements of Lifecycle and Supply Chain Compliance


When viewing product and safety compliance, it is important to consider the requirements across the entire product lifecycle. It generally includes six elements that apply to most products, covering raw material inputs to product disposal and re-use. Verisk 3E classifies these elements as:

  • Vendor Management
  • R&D
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods
  • Workplace Use
  • Disposal

For a detailed description of each element and what types of processes should be considered, watch the full video.


Additional Regulatory Resources


For those who need to stay ahead of regulatory changes which impact their planning for each stage of the product lifecycle, Verisk 3E offers 3E Monitor™. This regulatory monitoring tool provides regulatory news plus expert analysis, tailored to the topics that matter to your business and delivered in the format and frequency that fit your needs. 

Intelex and Verisk 3E have partnered to empower organizations with a best-of-breed platform that meets a range of EHSQ regulatory compliance requirements and business decision-making needs, integrating Verisk 3E’s robust product-level safety data sheet (SDS) management services and substance-level chemical regulatory content and Intelex’s scalable, cloud-based EHSQ management software. An integrated platform with access to comprehensive product safety and compliance data is a key ingredient for managing restricted substances efficiently and effectively. Register for a 2-week free trial and watch the 3E Monitor training video.

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About Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson is the Director of Portfolio Management and Strategic Alliances for Verisk 3E. He is responsible for devising and executing Verisk 3E’s strategic partnerships and alliances. Since joining Verisk 3E in 2015, he has negotiated partnerships with a wide range of industry leading companies. Johnson has more than 10 years of business development and product management experience in the software industry, spearheading many successful B2B and B2C partnership programs. He holds a BA in Political Science/World Languages and Cultures from Mercyhurst College, a certificate from L’Université Laval in Français Langue Étrangère (FLE), and a dual MBA in Sales and Marketing Management/International Business from the Rochester Institute of Technology’s E. Phillip Saunders College of Business.

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