Jane S. Vergnes, Ph.D., DABT®
Vice President, Scientific Affairs Director of Toxicology

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BA, Ohio Wesleyan University, Bacteriology, 1974

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Human Genetics, 1982


Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology



Vice President, Scientific Affairs and Director of Toxicology for The Acta Group (Acta®), Dr. Vergnes provides our clients with toxicology expertise for the broad range of chemical regulatory and support services we offer, including support for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) dossiers, Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) new and existing chemicals reviews, California Proposition 65 initiatives, pesticide risk assessments, and hazard communication.  An experienced leader in global product stewardship, she offers clients an agile, multi-disciplinary talent for problem-solving honed in her 25 years directing product stewardship and toxicology departments for Ashland, Inc., International Specialty Products (ISP), Texaco, and Union Carbide (now Dow).  Dr. Vergnes is also an experienced research scientist and scientific study director with a Ph.D. in Human Genetics and a specialization in the genetic/epigenetic modes of action of toxicants, and she deploys the full depth of her scientific, business, and policy knowledge to resolve clients' challenges.

Dr. Vergnes came to Acta from Ashland, Inc., a Fortune 500-listed global specialty chemical company.  As Senior Manager, Toxicology and Regulatory Programs, at Ashland, Dr. Vergnes was responsible for practices and procedures followed by all toxicologists in the company globally, including oversight of chemical regulatory programs and chemical registrations, TSCA chemical data reporting, and comparable programs in the many countries in which Ashland operates, drug precursor regulations, chemical weapons convention compliance, California Proposition 65 compliance, and hazard communication.  Prior to Ashland, Dr. Vergnes served as Senior Director of Global Product Stewardship for ISP, where she managed toxicology, hazard communication, and product regulatory affairs programs for all industrial and specialty chemical ingredient product lines, including personal care ingredients, household and industrial ingredients, biocides, performance chemicals, acetylenics, food and beverage, pharmaceutical excipients, tablet coating systems, encapsulation technologies, and elastomers.

Representative Engagements:

  • Assisted a U.S. company with development of an approach to compliance with the Conflict Minerals provisions of Dodd--Frank.
  • Provided technical support to an international client through the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) public meeting process.


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