How and where products are sourced, developed, manufactured, distributed, used, and disposed - and a product’s overall impacts at each of these life cycle stages - can profoundly affect a company’s success.

Simply complying with regulations is no longer enough. Organizations must demonstrate effective product stewardship programs that safeguard reputation and build competitive advantage.

Our global product stewardship team helps clients bring products to market safely, sustainably, and in compliance with global regulations, in a way that also meets their business goals and satisfies key stakeholders.

Our approach focuses on two key aspects:

Product compliance and regulatory affairs
Regulators are demanding more information and increasingly robust human and environmental risk assessments to support the authorization of products on the market. The scope and complexity of product-related regulations that require registration of chemicals manufactured or imported are rapidly increasing. The regulations on manufactured products, ranging from their composition to their use and end of life are also growing. Purchasers, consumers and investors continue to focus on the responsible stewardship of products.

ERM works with companies to address gaps in product compliance and chemical registration that can result in product delays, impoundment or recall, which can disrupt supply chains, increase costs, and damage the brand.

Product sustainability
Innovation to incorporate ‘green chemistry’, satisfy customer demands for safer materials, or to participate in the Circular Economy can enhance reputation and create competitive advantage.

ERM’s global network of regulatory experts, scientists and consultants support clients in the product stewardship, design, marketing regulatory affairs, chemical compliance, and sustainability functions to:

  • Assess and seek to minimize environmental impacts throughout the product lifecycle;
  • Achieve growth by taking new and innovative products to market that are in regulatory compliance and satisfy customers’ demands for product sustainability;
  • Support the manufacture of safer products, responsible use of resources and a safe environment in manufacturing, distribution and end of life management;
  • Protect market share through the successful defense of active substances and products.