Business Strategy Consulting
ICF can help you understand and implement confusing and complicated REACH requirements, including those on collaboration and internal and external communication of information. For organizations in the planning stages for REACH, we can facilitate and conduct business process design projects and develop implementation strategies that incorporate people, process, and technology.
Operational Support to SIEFS and Consortia
ICF has award-winning experience supporting active REACH Substance Information Exchange Forums (SIEFs) and consortia. ICF and our partners focus on achieving the most important objective: complying with the REACH requirements as efficiently, accurately, and quickly as possible.
Grouping Chemicals for Dossier Production
ICF has developed strategies for grouping chemicals to reduce the costs associated with dossier production process. Careful grouping facilitates extrapolation (read-across) to other structurally similar data-rich substances or classes of substances and the use of expert judgment and weight-of-evidence arguments to make classification and labeling recommendations.
Preparation, Entry, and Review of Data in IUCLID
For several European chemical consortia, ICF provided data review, extraction from primary sources, and entry into the International Uniform ChemicaL Information Database (IUCLID5) for all required human health, environmental fate, ecological, and physical/chemical endpoints. This support included extensive quality control and analysis of the data, which subsequently were used to prepare Chemical Safety Assessments and Reports.
Technical Dossier Production
ICF had a direct technical role or provided related support in preparing dossiers for more than 10 percent of the substances registered in 2010. We understand how to prepare and integrate the complex set of information needed for a dossier, including uses, exposure scenarios, physical/chemical properties, toxicity, environmental fate, hazard assessment, and risk characterization.
Toxicology and Exposure Assessment
ICF has more than 30 years of experience and more than 200 scientific staff focused on toxicology, chemistry/environmental fate, exposure assessment, risk characterization, and risk management. Our experts have applied this knowledge and experience in preparing chemical dossiers and safety reports that meet the specific requirements of REACH.
Chemical Safety Assessment/Report Preparation
For several European chemical consortia, ICF helped prepare chemical safety assessments (CSAs) and chemical safety reports (CSRs) to support the 2010 REACH product registration. We compile substance inventories; evaluated the chemical, physical, and toxicological test data; designed and performed literature searches to supplement available data; identified exposure scenarios; and conducted exposure assessments using measured data and modeling.
ICF has a long history of preparing substitutes, cost-benefit, and socio-economic analyses for various chemical substances, including persistent organic pollutants (POPs), chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydro-chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs); other ozone depleters; and some pesticides. Our economists and engineers are experienced in analyzing chemical uses and substitutes, often within the European regulatory framework, and understand how the REACH process works.
Classification and Labeling
ICF has made classification and labeling recommendations for hundreds of industrial chemicals for European chemical consortia and international chemical companies in accordance with the Classification, Labeling, and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (CLP), as well as the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling. These recommendations have been used to populate Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs), and REACH chemical registration dossiers.
Business Process Improvement
ICF has more than 30 years of experience and more than 950 professionals providing IT and management solutions to evaluate, design, reengineer, and implement business processes and information management strategies. Organizations complying with REACH have opportunities to improve existing business processes and develop new ways to respond to new and emerging REACH data requirements. ICF's IT and management professionals include experts with decades of experience designing, developing, and implementing product stewardship information management solutions, including many of the leading commercially available systems.
Economic Impact Modeling/Analysis
ICF specializes in estimating the wider economic impacts of policies or changes in economic activity. Economic analysis of these wider impacts is crucial for understanding the full implications of changes to product markets that would result from the scenarios in an analysis of alternatives. ICF estimates three distinct kinds of economic impacts: direct, indirect, and induced.
Risk and Uncertainty Analysis
ICF economists are eminently skilled in the application of analytical frameworks designed for estimating highly uncertain costs and benefits such as those arising from changes to human health and the environment. ICF specializes in performing Monte Carlo simulations and other kinds of sensitivity analysis to estimate the effects of uncertainty and risk on changes in market activity. ICF economists are experienced in applying state-of-the-art tools, such as @Risk and Crystal Ball, and in creating econometric and spreadsheet models that use uncertain input values and produce outcomes with easily interpretable results.