Chemical Product Stewardship


Product stewardship -- the safe and effective management of chemicals throughout their lifecycle -- is not only environmentally responsible, it is increasingly requested by the public and required by governments worldwide.

To address public concerns, governmental pressures, and competitive demands, participants in the chemical manufacturing process must be proactive in managing and monitoring their products to minimize risk and safeguard the public from health and environmental hazards. Developing, maintaining, and helping evolve responsible product strategies are critical to the success of companies in the chemical space.

The Acta Group (Acta®) professionals are well versed in global initiatives focusing on product stewardship and relevant regulations from governing agencies worldwide. We are well-positioned to help companies take charge of their products’ lifecycles and minimize health, safety, and environmental risks.

Our Experience:

Acta's global presence, with offices in North America, Europe, and Asia, is key for our clients. We operate in the spaces where the most regulatory and voluntary stewardship initiatives are underway so we can easily keep our finger on the pulse of developments that may impact client companies.

Our European Union (EU)-based team includes Emma Jackson, CBiol, MSB, who develops testing strategies and manages projects for clients under global chemical compliance schemes in Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, and Taiwan. She is also highly-experienced in managing supply chains, downstream user communications, and Substance Information Exchange Forum (SIEF) and consortium activities under the EU's Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation. 

Our U.S.-based team of seasoned scientific and regulatory professionals includes Lynn Bergeson, who has assisted multinational entities to develop and maintain sophisticated product stewardship programs premised on solid, forward thinking corporate principles and newer, greener technologies that offer product performance and smaller environmental footprints. Jane Vergnes, Ph.D., DABT®, offers clients an agile, multi-disciplinary talent for problem-solving honed during her 25 years of global product stewardship experience with Fortune 500-listed companies. Whether assisting clients with new and existing chemical reviews, risk assessment and hazard communication, or compliance with chemical regulatory programs, including the EU's REACH and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Dr. Vergnes deploys the full depth of her scientific, business, and policy knowledge to resolve clients' challenges. Scott Burya, Ph.D., a regulatory chemist, assists clients in all stages of product development from prototype development and regulatory approvals to end of life product management. 

Also based in the United States, Karin Baron, MSPH, has managed global hazard communication programs for major industrial and specialty chemical companies. Lara Hall, M.S., RQAP GLP, has a wide array of technical and quality assurance experience well-suited to assisting clients in the development of effective product stewardship strategies and ensuring scientific integrity and regulatory compliance through all phases of data development to support new and existing product registrations worldwide. Heather Collins, M.S., has an extensive project management background developing and managing Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) compliance matters. She has managed global product safety and hazard communication groups and established training programs to ensure applicable laws and regulations were followed, while supporting new chemical submissions. 

What We Do:

  • Chemical Product Approval and Review –
    • Assist in the approval and regulation of chemical products
    • Assist with reporting obligations for new and existing chemicals
    • Assist with labeling and notice requirements
  • Recordkeeping and Reporting Assistance
  • Regular Updates on Legislative and Regulatory Developments
  • Marketing and Response
  • Strategic Business Advice –
    • Map consumer/market demand and legal and industry mandates
    • Planning and budgeting
  • Additional Sample Matters –
    • Export issues
    • Inventory issues

Representative Engagements:

  • Assist multinational company with business planning activities for a substance of very high concern (SVHC).
  • Assist consortium with high profile substance regarding marketing and response to misinformation.
  • Assist multinational company with strategic business advice regarding placing high profile products on the market.

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