Product Stewardship

Solenis is committed to product stewardship and to minimizing the environmental impact of our products across their life cycle.

Minimizing the negative impacts of our products on the economy, the environment and all of our stakeholders.

As a Responsible Care* company, Solenis has a long-standing commitment to product stewardship and the practice of making health, safety and environmental protection an integral part of the entire life cycle of chemical products.

Our global team of Product Regulatory, Safety and Stewardship professionals provide sound regulatory approval in accordance with the highest safety standards. The product stewardship team produces the necessary documentation and petitions and subsequent notifications for a wide range of compliances, including:

  • US Food and Drug administration (FDA) regulations
  • German Federal Application Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) recommendations
  • Chinese GB regulation framework
  • Blue Angel, EU Ecolabel or the Nordic White Swan ecological requirements
  • NSF, KIWA, EN standards for drinking water

The portfolio of compliances also covers dietary certifications, such as kosher and halal, as well as quality-related approvals such as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Solenis’ product safety assessments are supported by internal toxicology specialists. With specialists located in every region of the world, close contact and communications is possible with our customers and with regional regulatory stakeholders, including authorities, customer organizations and NGOs.

Our product stewardship and safety teams also participate as members in a broad network of industry organizations and engage external consultants to increase our knowledge and expertise. Solenis participates globally with the following organizations:

  • American Chemical Council (ACC)
  • Association of International Chemical Manufacturers in China (AICM)
  • Biocides for Europe
  • Brazilian Chemical Industry Association (ABIQUIM)
  • Chemical Industries Association UK (CIA)
  • European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC)
  • European Polymer Dispersion and Latex Association (EPDLA)
  • European Pulp and Paper Chemicals Group (EPCG)
  • Polyelectrolyte Producers Group (PPG)
  • Science Industries Switzerland

* Responsible Care is a registered trademark of the American Chemistry Council.

The impact of the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation on the availability of chemicals is of vital importance for Solenis, our customers and the entire global chemical industry. Our priority as a major supplier, manufacturer, importer and purchaser of chemical substances in the European Union (EU) is to comply with the REACH regulations, as well as to ensure that the supply of goods to us and to our customers is not disrupted.

Several Solenis teams are in place and committed to cooperating with our customers and suppliers to support the successful implementation of REACH. This includes coordinating the exchange of information across the supply chain, from suppliers and manufacturers to customers and end users.

In 2019, the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) launched a “REACH Action Plan for Review/Improvement of Registration Dossiers.” This Cefic initiative comes in response to increasing criticism about “non-compliant” REACH dossiers highlighted by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Solenis is actively taking part in this initiative and has officially signed a “Declaration of Intent” confirming its willingness and commitment to review and update its REACH registration dossier in accordance with the REACH regulation.

If you would like to know more about Solenis’ approach to REACH compliance, please send an e-mail to REACH-Solenis@solenis.com.

Since the enforcement of REACH, several other jurisdictions have implemented similar initiatives: for example, Turkey (KKDIK: 30105), Russia (EAEU TR 041/2017), Korea (K-REACH) and Taiwan (TCSCA). Solenis is closely following the development of these regulations, as well as the chemical regulations arising from the UK Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & restriction of Chemicals (REACH), and is committed to comply and use its experience with EU REACH to help with the implementation of such complex and important initiatives.

Solenis classifies its products according to the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) worldwide. Even when GHS methodology has not yet been implemented in the country legislation, Solenis aligns and uses this classification methodology globally on all its Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and product (handling) labels. Our SDS are provided directly to customers in the official language(s) of the country. We have the capability of using labels in 36 different languages, including traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Russian and have specific SDS templates for 58 countries.

Solenis has a complete line of global water treatment products registered under the NSF Non-Food Compounds program in the following categories:

  • G5 – cooling and retort water products
  • G6 – boiler, steam line products, food contact
  • G7 – boiler, steam line products, nonfood contact

Solenis products registered in this program will have the NSF Non-Food mark on the product label.

The NSF Non-Food Compounds program registers products used in and around food and beverage processing areas and facilities. This registration ensures a specific product meets food safety requirements globally. In addition, using NSF Non-Food registered products enables customers to comply with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) guidelines.

The NSF Non-Food Compounds program covers a range of products, including lubricants, cleaners, water treatment products, laundry products, antimicrobial products and hand care products.

Solenis continually reviews the NSF Non-Food Compounds program to ensure the company has the appropriate products registered in the program to meet the needs of our customers globally.

Solenis has a global portfolio of water treatment products certified with NSF/ANSI/CAN 60. These products are used by our customers to treat drinking water in industries where NSF/ANSI/CAN 60 certified products are preferred. Solenis products that are certified in this program have the NSF/ANSI/CAN 60 mark on the product label.

Solenis continually reviews the products certified in the NSF/ANSI/CAN 60 program to ensure availability to our customers throughout the world. These products are manufactured at NSF/ANSI/CAN 60-certified plants globally.

About NSF International
NSF International certifies products used in the treatment of drinking water under the Drinking Water Treatment Chemicals – Health Effects certification program. This program certifies the manufacture and use of drinking water treatment chemicals used in the treatment and distribution of drinking water.

This certification ensures the products used to treat drinking water meet global public health standards. It establishes requirements for the control of potential adverse human health effects from products added directly to water during treatment, storage and distribution. In addition, the drinking water treatment chemicals must be manufactured in a NSF/ANSI/CAN 60-certified plant.

It is important for water treatment facilities and other industries using potable water that the products they use in treating water are NSF/ANSI/CAN 60 certified. This certification ensures the products meet global public health standards and requirements and will not cause adverse human health effects.

Products covered by this program include corrosion and scale control chemicals, pH adjustment chemicals, softening, precipitation and sequestering chemicals, coagulation and flocculation chemicals, well-drilling products, disinfection and oxidation chemicals, and other specialty chemicals.

Solenis has a global portfolio of kosher-certified products. These products are used by customers for their kosher needs and in industries where kosher-certified products are preferred. In addition, Solenis has global products certified for Passover. Solenis kosher-certified products and kosher-certified products approved for Passover are all manufactured at Solenis kosher-certified plants.

Solenis maintains a high level of compliance with our kosher-certified products through stringent procedures and processes to ensure Solenis products continually meet the global certification requirements of the kosher program, including Passover.

Solenis continually reviews the Kosher program to ensure Solenis has the appropriate products kosher-certified and kosher-certified approved for Passover to meet the needs of our customers globally.

Specific questions regarding product availability and kosher certificates should be directed to your Solenis sales representative.

What is kosher? The word kosher means fit or proper as it relates to Jewish dietary law. Kosher certification is an approval by a rabbinic agency verifying that a product’s ingredients, production facility and actual production follow kosher guidelines and do not contain any non-kosher substances. Non-kosher substances include certain animals, fowl, fish, most insects, any shellfish, and any reptile. The manufacturing facility must be kosher-certified to manufacture kosher-certified products.

In addition to kosher certification, there is certification related to Passover. Passover is an eight-day holiday that has additional kosher laws that must be followed. Passover requires additional certification.

Solenis customers that manufacture kosher-certified paper must use kosher-certified products in their operations. The paper utilized to wrap kosher foods, such as meat, cakes or bread, must be kosher certified.

Other customers require or prefer to use kosher-certified products in their facility. During Passover, our customers may only be able to use kosher-certified products approved for Passover since Passover has special requirements.

Solenis has a global portfolio of halal-certified products. These products are used by customers for their halal needs and in other industries where customers prefer to use halal-certified products. Solenis halal-certified products are manufactured at Solenis halal-certified plants globally.

Solenis maintains a high level of compliance with our halal-certified products by having appropriate procedures and processes in place to ensure Solenis products continually meet the global certification requirements of the halal program.

Solenis continually reviews the halal program to ensure Solenis has the appropriate products halal-certified to meet the needs of our customers globally.

Specific questions regarding product availability and halal certificates should be directed to your Solenis sales representative.

The word halal means permissible or lawful as it relates to Islamic dietary law. Halal certification is an approval by a halal certifying agency verifying that a product’s ingredients, production facility and actual production follow halal guidelines and do not contain any haram (unlawful) substances. Haram substances include alcohol, blood, carnivorous animals, dead meat (not slaughtered according to Islamic law, food immolate unto idols, and swine). The manufacturing facility must be halal-certified to manufacture halal-certified products.

It is important for our customers that manufacture halal-certified paper to use halal-certified products in their operations. The paper utilized to wrap halal foods, such as meat and cakes, must be halal certified. Other customers require halal-certified products based on the industries they serve, such as the sugar industry, in addition to customers that simply prefer to use halal-certified products.