Consumer Products

For consumer product manufacturers, the need for flexibility and agility in meeting customers' complex requirements for high performance sustainable products is paramount. Delivering quality products in record time is critical, as is the ability to provide downstream retail customers with information they require in order to sell your products.

Meeting these objectives is no easy task given an increasingly complex regulatory landscape. Regulations pertaining to products, suppliers, substances, materials and packaging are exploding in number and type from every corner of the globe. Keeping track of and analyzing compliance requirements and information sources, and demonstrating due diligence can be complex and time consuming.

3E Company provides a central source of comprehensive and accurate compliance content solutions that can be easily managed and integrated into a consumer product manufacturer’s business processes. The results are increased levels of compliance, reduced risk and liability, and improved performance.


Mitigating Supply Chain Risk

The demand for data transparency is insatiable and unavoidable. Understanding what products are made of, the regulatory status of products and components, and these products' origins form the basic building blocks for managing regulatory obligations, communicating to key stakeholders and mitigating risk in your supply chain. 3ESC Supply Chain Solutions can help you:

  • Gather information from upstream suppliers such as material disclosures, substance declarations, compliance certificates, certificates of origin and more
  • Respond to incoming customer surveys / inquiries while protecting confidential business information and trade secrets
  • Monitor new and emerging regulatory obligations and market trends and assess how they impact your products, suppliers or customers
  • Assure compliance and market accessibility for your products by identifying risk associated to products and suppliers
  • Analyze compliance status by supplier, raw material, product or obligation

Ensure the Safety of Your Products

While compliance affects the entire manufacturing organization, typically only a few individuals fully understand and are accountable for ensuring the requirements are met. Product compliance information and data usually exists in silos, spread across several business units throughout the organization. 3E® provides EH&S and regulatory professionals with powerful and robust tools for a number of compliance related activities, including the following:

  • Research the EH&S effectiveness of raw materials and finished products
  • Research how substances used are regulated in the markets in which you manufacture and sell your products
  • Identify the potential existence of banned chemicals / chemicals of concern in your inventory
  • Analyze the chemical makeup of products to identify less hazardous alternatives
  • Produce MSDS / SDSs and labels for finished products, including exposure scenarios and extended MSDS / SDSs
  • Ensure downstream customers receive / have access to your products' MSDS / SDSs and emergency response contact information
  • Facilitate appropriate classification or re-classification and labeling of substances to comply with GHS / CLP
  • Classify hazardous products for storage, transport or disposal requirements at the SKU level 

Learn more about Ariel® WebInsight, Ariel Integrated Content Solutions, Ariel Content Solutions for SAP®, MSDS / SDS Authoring and Distribution, MSDS  / SDS Management and Emergency Response Solutions.


Manufacturers Are Users of Chemicals Too

Not only do consumer product manufacturers need to ensure the safety of their finished products, but the safety of their employees who are handling chemicals or hazardous substances in the workplace as well. In addition, regulatory professionals certainly find value in having access to the information found on their raw material MSDS / SDSs when the time comes to document everything that goes into their finished products.

3E can alleviate much of the burden of maintaining vendor MSDS / SDS data by offering a highly secure web-based application with supporting services that include obtaining, indexing, and maintaining MSDS / SDSs for all chemicals used in the manufacturing process. 

Alternatively, 3E can feed robust document sets, including MSDS / SDS, compliance declarations, technical data sheets and material declarations directly into an existing EH&S, procurement, EMIS, or other system such as SAP, Enablon, BIOVIA CisPro (formerly ChemSW), SciQuest or other OTC or custom system, which can significantly streamline the management of chemical data by centralizing it into a single repository. Centralizing data saves valuable time, increases efficiency, and ensures consistency across the entire organization.

Learn more about 3E MSDS / SDS Management products and services.


Ensure Compliant Transport

As products are transported up and down the supply chain, ensuring compliance can be a challenge, especially for global companies. 3E can help you ensure products can be shipped using a preferred mode of transport or provide guidance to employees to ensure proper use of markings, labels and documentation. 3E can provide an emergency contact phone number to publish on your MSDS / SDSs or provide a phone number for your employees to call in the event of a spill, inhalation or exposure.

See 3E Emergency Response, 3E Transportation Services and Ariel WebInsight.