Product stewardship — the safe and effective management of chemicals throughout their lifecycle — is  environmentally responsible, and increasingly a foundational competency for any company wishing to commercialize products and to achieve market leadership.

What We Do

  • Chemical Product Approval and Review —
    • Assist in the registration and approval of chemical products
    • Assist with reporting obligations for new and existing chemicals
    • Assist with labeling and notice requirements
  • Recordkeeping and Reporting Assistance
  • Supply chain evaluation, communication, and compliance planning
  • Monitor and Provide Regular Updates on Legislative and Regulatory Developments
    • Assist with evaluation of proposed changes
    • Provide support to prepare and support comment
  • Marketing and Response
  • Strategic Business Advice —
    • Map consumer/market demand and legal and industry mandates
    • Planning and budgeting for new product entry to market
  • Additional Sample Matters —
    • Export issues/Import
    • Inventory compliance review and support

Our Experience

Acta’s global presence, with offices in The U.S., UK, EU, and partners and agents in South America 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 U.S.-based team of seasoned scientific and regulatory professionals includes attorney Lynn L. 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.  Ms. Bergeson is immediate past President of the Board of Directors of the Product Stewardship Society, and is a highly sought-after speaker and author on emerging product stewardship matters.

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.

Catherine Croke, DBA,  a certified compliance auditor for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 and 14001 standards for safety and product stewardship protocols, is a highly experienced professional with more than three decades of success executing product stewardship and regulatory compliance programs within global specialty chemicals and materials companies. Her expertise includes experience with the Systems, Applications and Products (SAP) enterprise resource planning software focusing on maintaining data to support regulatory compliance.

Karin Baron, MSPH, has managed global hazard communication programs for major industrial and specialty chemical companies.  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.  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.

Our European Union (EU)-based team includes Emma Jackson, 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 Asian team, managed by Meibao Zhuang, Ph.D., provides on-the-ground support for clients expanding their markets to China.  Dr. Zhuang, fluent in English and Mandarin, assists clients with regulatory strategy development, study planning and monitoring, supply chain communication, and agency interaction in the U.S. and China.  Dr. Zhuang has significant experience with the Orders and Decrees of the Chinese regulatory system and oversees the preparation of dossiers in English or Chinese.  She and her team in China provide timely, accurate, and business-sensitive regulatory assessment support services globally.  Acta has additional partners in Shanghai, Nanjing, and Xi’an, China, and Seoul, South Korea, to ensure clients have access to highly skilled, in-country chemical experts familiar with local regulatory practices, customs, and government agencies.

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.