Will your products face insurmountable market entry problems because of new environmental restrictions on materials and substances?
Governments around the globe are increasingly scrutinising the environmental and human health impacts of products placed on the market today and are taking more strident measures to improve environmental quality by focusing on the product as distinct from the manufacturing process. Downstream customers and the ultimate consumer increasingly demand that products be environmentally benign throughout their life-cycle. Policymakers seek a new paradigm of “shared responsibility” between industry, consumers and government to improve the environmental performance of products and to progressively eliminate products and substances deemed “environmentally undesirable”.
Concepts such as “Producer responsibility”, “product liability”, “product stewardship” and “life-cycle product management” have caught the attention of global manufacturers and are forcing them to focus on a new dimension within the core issues of their businesses: the quality of their products The concept of quality has increasingly been stretched beyond the specific characteristics of the use of a product to cover the products’ interaction with all environmental media throughout their entire life cycle. Being “environment-friendly” has ceased being an easy marketing device and has become one of the key demands of both customers and regulators.
ENHESA helps its clients understand the environmental demands of their markets.
Most of our clients face, on the one hand, growing regulatory pressures aimed at reducing the overall environmental and human health impacts of manufacturing processes and the use and final disposal of their products. On the other hand, there are also growing demands by downstream users on their suppliers to certify the environmental acceptability of their inputs.
Such pressures are moving in the direction of increasingly complex environmental criteria and specifications for substances and materials, including 'design for environment' requirements. At the same time, consumers and their “watchdogs” in environmentalist organisations continue to pose thorny questions about the environmental attributes of the products they buy, while governments increasingly restrict the type of advertising companies may employ to extol the environmental virtues of their products.
Open and Develop New Market Opportunities
How can you ensure your products will find buyers in an increasingly “green” global marketplace?
To help our clients understand and respond to the challenges and opportunities this new paradigm presents, Enhesa provides a broad range of client-tailored services that are under continuous evolution to identify and track trends, forecast new developments, understand market pressures and respond proactively to new demands from customers and consumers in this ever evolving area of competition:
Country Regulatory Profiles
ENHESA develops country regulatory profiles describing in detail the relevant national, and applicable international, legislation, regulations and policies, as well as public and private institutions and organisations with influence over the regulation of the client’s products or range of products. The profiles typically detail both existing and upcoming requirements and include, as appropriate, relevant industry and competitor initiatives at the international and national levels. The Profiles also address issues such as Green Purchasing initiatives or Public Procurement Rules that take environmental issues into consideration.
Product Compliance Protocols
Working with our clients to better appreciate the nature, uses and environmental issues associated with their products and the processes in which they are used, ENHESA develops tools to assist their R&D and product development centers to take into consideration the myriad issues surrounding the regulatory compliance of the final product, either as a consumer product in its own right or as an input to further industrial processes. Our product compliance assessment tools enable companies and their marketing representative assure that new products will comply with applicable restrictions in all of their key markets, such that researchers in, say Italy or the United States, incorporate product restrictions in markets such as Sweden or Japan before discovering that they cannot sell products containing certain substances or provoking certain environmental consequences in those markets.
Issue Tracking and Regulatory Monitoring
ENHESA monitors EHS regulatory developments related to specific products and their components worldwide ( Regulatory Monitoring Services ). This typically includes both current and proposed regulations and standards potentially impacting the manufacturing, placing on the market, and disposal of clients’ products.
Future Trends Forecasting
Based on our extensive knowledge of the developing regulatory, policy, and public concern issues related to the EHS aspects of our clients’ products’ lifecycles, ENHESA develops product- or issue-specific analyses of relevant future trends. The time horizon for such forecasting usually covers, with varying degrees of certainty, the short, medium, and long term, depending of the nature of the issues and the expected life span of the products. Recent forecasting exercises have looked at horizons up to ten years distant with a high degree of confidence based on current policy positions in the countries concerned. With our support, many clients have successfully redirected their R&D and product development effort to focus on those markets where there will be a real demand for products, inputs and services that meet customers future environmental concerns and assures greater market share for such products, while avoiding the development of products for which there will be little to no demand as a result of the changing regulatory or market conditions.
Rapid Response to Product Compliance Questions
Enhesa provides a Helpline service to clients seeking support for specific questions regarding the compliance of the products they place or plan to place in given markets. Such services frequently arise as a result of questions posed by customers, regulators or environmentalist organisations. Clients typically authorise a set maximum level of professional effort in order to better control costs and to assure that all research and analysis focuses appropriately on the specific concern at hand. If needs be, such short-term assignments can be expanded at the clients’ behest to encompass additional related issues or additional countries and markets. Helpline Service
Enhesa is a global environmental, health and safety consultancy, providing EHS regulatory compliance assurance support to industry worldwide.
Enhesa is based in Brussels and Washington, DC, and a network of consultants covering almost any corner of the globe. ENHESA is a dynamic, highly trained and experienced, team of multilingual consultants with in-depth knowledge of regulatory and policy issues at global, regional, national and local levels.
Enhesa’s staff and global network of consultants provide strategic information and guidance on current and emerging laws, regulations, standards and industry initiatives at the international, national and local levels. Our projects have covered over 150 countries around the globe, including the whole of the European Union and its member states, and many countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific Basin, and North and South America. Our strength lies in extensive and flexible research and consulting resources around the world.
We identify, understand and help our clients comply with the multitude of legal requirements that is a fact of doing business in today’s global marketplace. Enhesa has been helping business and industry ensure ongoing compliance for years, and has developed a range of products and services tailor-made to the needs of our clients. Wherever your business is located, we are in a unique position to keep you ahead of the latest regulatory and policy issues as they unfold.
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Enhesa Permit Strategy Services
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