Posted by Tisa Causevic on Mar 14, 2017

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It is often said that achieving and sustaining regulatory compliance today is more difficult for the food industry than it was 50 years ago.

How complex should regulatory compliance be?

At Selerant, we think this is a debatable fact. It is true that the world has become a single marketplace. Products are more complex than they used to be. There are emerging risks. Regulators around the world are getting more active. The consumers are, too; they ask for more and more regulation and labeling rules.

But at the same time, there are many solutions available. Technological advancements have become accessible for most, and piles of papers with guidelines, regulations and standards have become history. Or at least they should be.

In the food and beverage industry, everyone has their own strategy on how to achieve regulatory compliance.

At Selerant, this is how we think about it.

Rule 1. Be proactive

In every way. Proactive compliance is key to business success according to market leaders, and not only in the food and beverage world. There are multiple ways you can achieve this.

Rule 2. Stay alert

Knowing what’s happening in the world of food law, emerging risks, recalls and trends will make your company ready to react when needed. It also means you may be ahead of the competition. Finding out that a regulation has been published once it is already in force, means you are too late. You need to have your business prepared and well ahead of the new legal setting.

How can Selerant help?

Selerant has created the Food News Monitoring System. It is an online regulatory tool which monitors hundreds of relevant and trustworthy public sources and delivers the information to you. It saves hours of daily manual checks for what’s new.

Users can create personalized notifications to receive alerts for specific product categories and markets. The system can also send personalized alerts to users about the latest info on upcoming regulatory changes, recalls or trade bans, new scientific opinions, safety assessments or relevant news that might influence the business or its regulatory strategy. Learn more about the Food News Monitoring System here.

Rule 3. Understand

Understand what the key changes in food legislation are. Frequently changing regulatory requirements are systematically identified as top pressures amongst the food manufacturers. Food Safety & Regulatory News section contains articles written by Selerant’s experts situated around the globe. They highlight the most relevant topics and give you closer insights into the world of food law, together with official references. This is an easy read that can help you stay on track.

Rule 4. Influence

Influence future regulatory settings. The private sector is and should be influencing development of food regulations. Helping cut the red tape where needed is part of it. To be prepared, you need insights on what’s happening delivered to you in a timely matter. The Food News Monitoring System delivers the latest drafts of food laws, as published by the authorities. Whether you influence policy through associations or independently, you will need the official draft reference from the legislators. 

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Rule 5. Simplify

Maintain all your food laws in one place. Try the one-stop shop approach. Instead of keeping private folders with laws and regulations, navigating authorities’ websites or relying exclusively on your market contacts, use the Food Law Library, an integral part of the Food News Monitoring System as a central repository to access the latest food laws and amendments. 

Rule 6. Automate

Regulations set limits for additives, contaminants and veterinary drugs. Instead of manually searching for those within the legislation, use searchable data bases that already contain the extracted data. At Selerant, we’ve created RegData®, an easy-to-use online application that contains data our regulatory experts have extracted from the legislation. We also keep it up-to-date, so you do not spend your time going through figures.

The same goes for a quick, on-the-go Compliance Assessment. Whenever your team, being product development or regulatory, needs a quick check on whether a product is fit for a market, there is a user-friendly online tool, Compliance Assessment we’ve created for this purpose.

Rule 7. Know who to contact

Resources within industry’s regulatory departments are limited, to say the least. At Selerant, we have a network of regulatory experts around the world who speak the language, know local food regulations and are proficient with Selerant tools. We’ll be happy to hear from you and offer the best possible advice, from a high level legislation overview to a more product-specific question you may have.

Quick solutions are also available online. Our experts have created Labelling Guides for a number of countries, in an easy-to-use format with official legal references.

Rule 8. Integrate

Integrate with the business applications you are already using. Or go further and check whether you are ready for a PLM solution, to manage your product throughout its lifecycle.