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Achieve and Maintain Compliance with Datacor Regulatory Services

May 11, 2023 by Jinelle Park

Are your Safety Data Sheets fit for purpose? Do you find it difficult to keep up to date with all the latest regulatory requirements? Are you struggling to understand the complexities of ever-changing compliance rules across multiple regions?

Fortunately, help is now close at hand with our latest offering, Datacor Regulatory Services (DRS).

Datacor’s new consulting service aims to take some of the strain away from your business, with our team of regulatory compliance experts partnering with you to ensure you’re meeting all your compliance needs and operating safely.

Team of Experts

Having acquired regulatory and Safety Data Sheet authoring software company Hazox Compliance Solutions in 2021, Datacor now has a team of experts inhouse with an in-depth knowledge of complex topics such as classifying hazards of chemical mixtures under the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS); regional variations of hazard classes and subcategories required by law; and the requirements for REACH registration in the EU or South Korea.

“We’re really pleased to be able to offer this pretty unique service to our customers,” adds Christian O’Donnell, DRS Sales Manager. “For complete peace of mind, this supplementary service from Datacor should be part of your risk management – it really is a small price to pay to stay compliant.”

It’s arguably never been more important for manufacturers and chemical distributors to achieve and maintain compliance – but with constantly updated regulations, it’s also tougher than ever to stay on top of it all.

“We often find that a lot of chemical companies – particularly the small and medium-sized businesses – simply don't have the resources, knowledge, or skillset in-house dedicated to regulatory compliance,” says Ryan Pronovost, Regulatory Data Specialist.

“The problems with underreporting hazards are widely understood, endangering the lives of workers and downstream users. However, overreporting hazards is problematic too, often leading to confusing or conflicting information on the SDS or widespread overuse of PPE that provide no benefit. Overreporting may also impact sales by creating the perception that your products are more dangerous than alternatives offered by your competitors.”

“Our goal is to ensure the information being reported is accurate, thereby eliminating the need to employ tactics to compensate for uncertainty,” he adds.

A Trusted Partner

DRS recognizes that every business is unique – but no matter your size or specialty, these new service offerings are thoughtfully customized to provide comprehensive, scalable chemical reporting and labelling solutions tailored to your individual needs.

“One of the main challenges is keeping on top of everything and making sure that when regulations do change, you know the implications,” adds Sharon Brody, Regulatory Compliance Specialist. “You have to react quickly and if you don’t comply, it can cause problems.”

“All chemical companies, regardless of where they’re based, have to meet certain standards and comply with the GHS requirements,” she says. “In the U.S., it’s governed by OSHA and in the EU, it’s the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) – but there are other bodies in different countries. They’re all different and all these regulations are constantly changing.”

You may be a manufacturer in the U.S. and completely satisfied that your Safety Data Sheets are compliant. But as soon as you ship cross border to Mexico, for example, it could be a completely different story.

“Without the right paperwork, shipments could be seized at customs. Then you’ve got time delays, problems in-house, as well as issues with the customers themselves,” adds Brody. “It really is important to understand the knock-on effects of not having compliant Safety Data Sheets.”

The EU updates its regulation maybe three to four times a year, she notes, whereas GHS hasn’t been updated in the U.S. since 2015 – so another update is imminent. It’s essential that you’re ready to act when the changes come.

Whether you have queries regarding the latest regulations, want assistance updating existing Safety Data Sheets, or need a complete overhaul of your compliance and reporting procedures, DRS is here to help.

DRS' Regulatory Documentation Services include:

  • SDS compliance audits;
  • "Regulatory Status" reporting of CAS-level chemicals;
  • Classifying hazards of R&D products;
  • Regulatory research & consulting;
  • Hazard assessment of mixtures; and
  • Full authoring of product SDSs.

Contact the Datacor Regulatory Services team today to request a free consultation. You can also come and meet us at Interaxions 2023 from May 15-18. Find out more by visiting the official Interaxions 2023 website.

Topics: Regulatory Compliance, Regulatory Services

Jinelle Park

Written by Jinelle Park

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