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We know companies lose sales for the following reasons:
- Procurement requirements change
- Best price doesn’t guarantee the sale
- Competitors are better at compliance
- Lack of transparency creates doubt
With trained experts in regulatory compliance, we help you identify the risks to your business from lost sales to stop shipments, fines, and fees at customs. We help you develop the internal processes and documentation needed to manage compliance across your organization and provide you with a go forward plan to achieve compliance for multiple regulations.
We partner with industry leaders in compliance automation and data collection to build a solution tailored to your company’s specific compliance needs.
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Are my products safe?
Can I prove it?
The BCA Advantage
- Knowledge experts with over 15 years in the compliance industry
- Managed solutions for compliance program development, training, and data collection
- Short and long term engagements that align with company budgets
- Retainers for consulting hours when you want answers fast
- Alliances with compliance and data collection companies across the United States and Europe
- Strong affiliate relationships with leaders in the compliance software industry
Services – How We Help
Helping you manage continuously changing regulations with industry expertise.
Review product lines, suppliers, and materials at risk and receive a go-forward compliance plan
Acquire material declarations, full material disclosures, and certifications for standard and custom parts
Identify and work with high-risk suppliers to meet compliance requirements
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- Conflict Minerals
- Prop 65
- China RoHS
- Supplier Code of Conduct
- Export Compliance
- ISO 9001
- Business Continuity
- Risk Management
- EU MDR
- SCIP Notification Duty is Jan 2021May 28, 2020Companies are concerned with the new REACH SCIP notification duty in January 2021. Many are unsure of their obligations and what type of data needs to be reported. In this article, we’ll discuss the basic requirements and how your company can upload sample data to get started. What is SCIP? SCIP stands for Substances of Concern In (articles or complex objects) Products. This database is the newest requirement added to EU REACH compliance. There are three reasons the database was created. Firstly, the database was created to better track chemicals entering the European Union. Secondly, its purpose is to drive the use of less toxic alternates and substitutes, and thirdly, protecting workers in recycling and the waste stream is critical. All three reasons lead to an overarching goal of creating a healthier and safer circular economy. A circular economy in simplistic terms is where safe material inputs become outputs and less waste is produced, continuing the loop until all materials are used completely or to a definitive end. Thus avoiding the waste stream for as long as possible and lessening the burden on raw materials. If you follow this logic, it is easy to understand how the SCIP database ties together tightly with the latest updates to the Waste Framework Directive. When is it in Effect? Producers, importers, assemblers, and distributors placing product on the EU market have a compliance obligation. If the product has an SVHC that exceeds the REACH Candidate list thresholds then a SCIP notification must be submitted. There is a legal obligation to notify the commission. The enforcement of the live SCIP database is January 5, 2021. Does my Company Need to Submit a Notification? Your company is only required to enter data into SCIP if your parts or products, articles, and complex articles are above the specified EU REACH thresholds for a particular SVHC. However, if all of your articles are below the threshold, then no reporting is required. Is There a Practice SCIP Database? Yes. On February 17, 2020 ECHA released the prototype version of the SCIP database. This prototype enables your company to try out the process and submit temporary data for upload. The test data will be cleared during October 2020 and official submittals will begin. We highly recommend you give the prototype database a try. It would be best to get practice submitting data over the summer before the official database is launched beginning October 2020. Remember the SCIP Notification Duty is Jan 2021! Click Here to Go to ECHA SCIP Test Database – Try Adding a Sample Notification for Your Article Getting Advice Moreover, no matter what stage of EU REACH compliance your company is at we can help you build the plan, gather your compliance data, assess your risk, and get the SCIP notifications completed on time. Learn more about BCA product compliance solutions! Contact Us...
- COVID-19 Business Continuity StrategiesApril 27, 2020Where are we Now COVID-19 business continuity strategies are on the minds of all managers. As we move through the crisis, we continue to help new and existing customers get the compliance training, consulting, and risk analysis they need to sell their products around the world. Many clients want to talk about preparing for the future and reducing business risks. Business continuity is once again on many manager’s minds. Risk management is once again a very relevant topic. This week I had the chance to read several articles by Patrick Ow. Mr. Ow is an international risk management writer with over 25 years of experience across a variety of industries and companies. He wrote several books on risk management and most recently articles on practical COVID-19 business continuity strategies. Risk Management & Business Continuity With his permission, I am republishing excerpts from three of his articles over the next weeks. He will also be our next guest on the next BlueCircle Advisors Compliance Hour podcast. The podcast will be produced and ready early next week. This first excerpt focuses on planning for your work, workforce, and workplace during the current COVID-19 crisis. Ideas like building a threat map dashboard and employee deployment and mobility database are worth noting. Excerpt from “Checklist to develop your practical COVID-19 business continuity strategies (and next steps) by Patrick Ow. “Here are some practical considerations you need to make in developing and implementing your COVID-19 business continuity strategies for your organization or business, or even for yourself. If you already have some form of business continuity plans already developed, execute them. Otherwise, you have to take a practical short-cut and use the information below to flexibly develop your next steps as you go. COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the culture of workplaces, how people distribute work and deploy workforces, and how employers engage with their employees. In a time of crisis, trust is paramount This simple formula emphasizes the key elements of trust for individuals and for organizations in times of COVID-19 crisis: Trust = Transparency + Relationship + Experience The first priority should be safeguarding your employees — their immediate health and safety — followed by their economic well-being. This includes focusing on addressing employees’ psychological stress. Focus on your work, your workforce, and your workplace. Directors’ duties Directors need to constantly assess the foreseeable risk of harm to employees and their business including non-financial risks such as reputational harm and compliance with laws, to satisfy their directors’ duties. Boards and management teams will need to understand the impact of COVID-19 risks on their business and, where relevant, develop and implement contingency plans. Directors of listed companies will also need to consider the continuous disclosure ramifications of COVID-19. Identify members of your management response team for COVID-19 Apart from the CEO, select/nominate members from your senior management team to be part of the COVID-19 management response team. Then assign clear responsibilities. Establish emergency response teams right away in order to assess the risks and formulate response strategies after conducting robust scenario planning, which significantly improved the epidemic response mechanisms and toolkits. Create subteams to manage specific work streams such as communications, legal, finance, and operations. The team’s responsibilities can be summarized as follows: Acting as the single source of truth for issue resolution.Ensuring that sufficient resources are deployed where and when needed.Coordinating actions across the work streams of all teams, based on scenarios and triggers.Aligning team leaders on scenarios, with the help of round-tables and other exercises as needed. Establish a COVID-19 Response Coordinating Group The group will comprise of key operational representatives from IT, finance, operations, customer service, etc. The purpose of this coordinating group is to steer your organization operationally, serving as an important central information center, managing risks, issues and responses, and aligning all internal stakeholders by centrally coordinating all internal COVID-19 responses and projects. This will give a coordinated and integrated approach to your organization’s internal COVID-19 response, thus avoiding duplication of work and efforts across the department. The coordinating group can serve as the main source of information and a single source of truth where members discuss matters, creating communication and action plans, and aligning with key messages. The coordinating group could focus on the following deliverables: Creating a threat-map dashboard — using digital tools to create threat maps with real-time data imported from internal and public sources. For instance, location and numbers of employees working from home, list of critical services/functions/activities, critical employees required to perform critical services, and non-critical employee availability and mobility.Establishing an employee deployment and mobility database — Linked to (a) above, this database will capture skills and availability data from employees across the organization to facilitate a centrally coordinated staff deployment approach.Developing an integrated COVID-19 response plan — the coordinating group will get updates from key internal stakeholders — ideally, at least twice a week. Its members can then integrate these reports into a plan to ensure that all groups coordinate their efforts and follow best practices.Establishing a risk and issues log — while a threat map will make many risks visible, it will not capture every important development. If employees, teams or functions become aware of any additional threats, issues, and risks, they can immediately log the information in a database accessible to all employees, allowing the coordinating group to respond quickly with interventions.Establishing a ‘self-declaration’ work from home database — this database will discharge the organization’s responsibility under the applicable OSH requirements and employer’s duty of care for the provision of a safe working environment, even whilst working from home. Employees have an avenue to provide a ‘self-declaration’ that they have complied with all working from home policies and requirements, whilst ensuring that their homes are safe for carrying out the organization’s work.” Here is the link to the Medium.com article if you’d like to read more: https://medium.com/@patrickow/checklist-to-develop-your-practical-covid-19-business-continuity-strategies-8902e339d1c0 As always, you can reach the BlueCircle Advisors’ team by going to our contact page and dropping us a message: Contact Us! Stay safe!...
- COVID-19 & Product ComplianceMarch 18, 2020With the widespread appearance of COVID-19 around the globe, product compliance is more important than ever. First and above all, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe, healthy, and can do everything in your power to avoid contracting COVID-19. Now is the time to review the facts, listen to medical experts, and follow directions. We will make it through this tough time. Over the last four to six weeks, we have been on the road with little down time. We have been actively engaged in helping companies get products out the door to regions of the world that need it most. Our number one priority is to work with supply chains and tier 1 companies to get valuable supplies to those who need it. In addition to critical products, it is also important that we do what we can to stabilize the world’s economies. Everyone together can do this by keeping companies in business, people in jobs, and parts and products moving to where they are needed. Part of moving products around the world is understanding and complying with global product regulations. How have we helped? We are helping our clients by quickly training employees on material compliance regulations, starting compliance programs and data collection, as well as providing a gap assessment of where they are now and where they need to be. With travel limited and in some places shut down, we are being asked to provide compliance training and consulting via online sources. Currently, we offer training, consulting, and data collection services via our Zoom audio/video platform and through conference calls. We are in the process of building out online training to further reduce the need for global travel. Although we love being on site with customers and touring their facilities to better understand how products are made, now is not the time. If your company needs help with any of the global product regulations, whether it be training, consulting, and/or data collection – contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our contact page and submit a request. We will respond quickly and help in whatever way we can. For up to date information on COVID-19, please check the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Stay safe, stay healthy. We hope to talk with you soon....