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Part Compliance Services: Mission critical to your success

Manufacturers are knowledgeable in organizing material approvals, and they also expect the suppliers they work with to be experts when it comes to understanding the reality of region-specific regulations and legislation, as well as which approvals are needed to be compliant. This is where DSM’s compliance experts come into play, to do the appropriate materials research and determine if the component you are producing is meeting all industry and regional regulations.

While manufacturers have their own specific standards they adhere to, we understand that it can be a challenge to research and find material solutions that meet specific applications’ standards. This is a critical piece of the puzzle to ensure you can speed up time to market and decrease the potential risk of product recalls.

Helping you navigate legislation

We understand how much effort and expertise it takes you to stay on top of constantly changing legislation. To help you manage the complexities and nuances of changing legislations across geographies and industries, we have the expertise, documentation, resources, systems and channels to simplify and make the process seamless.

You can also use our Plasticsfinder.com site, a comprehensive resource to find the most recent compliancy statements 24/7. To serve you best, we automate and standardize as much of the basic functions as possible to allow our expert team to focus on the most complex questions and scenarios you may have.

Unless you have your own dedicated regulatory affairs departments, it would be virtually impossible to understand and navigate the complexities and sheer volume of information to find the right materials and parts to use to stay in compliance. Every day, the list of restricted chemicals across specific geographies and industries grows larger.

Take, for example, the constantly evolving regional market standards for plumbing components. This can make it more difficult to find the right product to develop based on what is used to comply. Maximum allowed concentrations of certain impurities are getting lower and lower, which means you need to know the process of your suppliers to understand the level of impurities in materials. You, our customer, can have confidence in knowing that our part compliance service is embedded into our entire product development process.

Changing Standards? No Problem

Unless you have your own dedicated regulatory affairs departments, it would be virtually impossible to understand and navigate the complexities and sheer volume of information to find the right materials and parts to use to stay in compliance. Every day, the list of restricted chemicals across specific geographies and industries grows larger.

Take, for example, the constantly evolving regional market standards for plumbing components. This can make it more difficult to find the right product to develop based on what is used to comply. Maximum allowed concentrations of certain impurities are getting lower and lower, which means you need to know the process of your suppliers to understand the level of impurities in materials. You, our customer, can have confidence in knowing that our part compliance service is embedded into our entire product development process.

Minimizing your risk

In the automotive industry, even a minor malfunction to a vehicle part that causes a recall can decrease customer satisfaction, not to mention decrease vehicle safety. In the worst-case scenario, major recalls create havoc. It’s easy to see how recalls can damage a brand image and reputation and put consumers at risk, from an issue with a gearbox leading to the loss of power while driving to failing airbag sensors.

To help you decrease the risk of potential recalls, we provide testing and compliance-related documentation and services, including material safety data sheets, grade specific states, UL listings, regulatory affair statements such as ROHS and REACH, as well as life cycle analyses. Plus, we conduct regular checks to validate our system and process is working.

Providing you expertise on compliancy, plus more    

Our dedicated team of experts help reduce your time to market by choosing approved materials from the start. When you work with us, we help you ensure compliancy with the regulatory standards you need to meet. We also help you choose approved materials from the start via our testing and compliance-related documentation and services.

We have the capacity and capability to handle everything from basic inquiries to the most complex situations. We have a proven track record with many brands in the automotive industry, helping to fulfill their requirements so molders can select our materials without hassle.

When you partner with DSM Engineering Materials, you gain our support in the following areas:

  • Standards and regulations with respect to hazardous substances or food contact notifications;
  • Safety in electrical and electronics such as UL yellow cards; and
  • Life cycle assessment to create a safer, bio-based, circular economy that has a substantially lower or neutral ecological footprint for the material and its applications over its entire life cycle.

We believe every customer deserves the best service and attention to detail. Whether you are navigating the changes in your current markets or entering a new market, we provide guidance and answers on how you can stay compliant. 

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Published on

17 June 2022

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Wilfred van Pelt


Global R&T manager Quality and Customer Compliancy
at DSM Engineering Materials

Wilfred Van Pelt is Global R&T Manager of Quality and Customer Compliancy for DSM Engineering Materials. He is responsible for anchoring the global DEM Quality strategy into the global R&T organization delivering quality guidelines and systems for all product lines. Plus, he is responsible for all Regulatory Affairs activities for DEM. Wilfred holds a PhD in Polymer Technology from the Eindhoven University of Technology.

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