How to Manage Restricted & Declarable Substances in Your Supply Chain

How to Manage Restricted & Declarable Substances in Your Supply Chain

The Scenario

Imagine yourself in an office.

You’re surrounded by your colleagues, each of you working to keep up with the needs of your program. You’re a compliance manager… and you’re in the middle of surveying your supply chain.

Your company is captured under several major restricted and declarable substance regulations. For each one, you’re pulling up different spreadsheets and programs, trying to manage lists and piles of data.

But the data isn’t complete. So you contact your suppliers, trying to get information on whether they use restricted or declarable substances. If yes, what quantities exist in the parts they’ve shipped to you?

Just when you think you’re finally getting ahead, a new set of possible restricted substances are added to the regulations. Your compliance program is unwieldy and making changes is hard. This is going to mean redoing a lot of work.

It’s just so inefficient.

You’re starting to fall behind and missing deadlines. You’ve got no choice but to work extra hours just to get the job done. Your company’s supply chain is huge, the task daunting, and you just don’t know how you’re going to get it all done…


The Solution

If you’re reading this, the above scenario probably isn’t fiction. It’s your reality.

We understand complying with all of these regulations can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.

Often the fatal flaw in compliance programs is their lack of efficient processes. Companies expect one person, or a small team, to be able to handle all of the complexities of a compliance program without giving them the proper tools.

It’s not the fault of employees in the compliance department. If they only had to manage one regulation with a small supply chain, that may be doable. But most companies today work within a global supply chain and operate under several regulations simultaneously.

Two of the most common restricted substances regulations are REACH and RoHS, but of course there are many more. Where you operate in the world impacts what regulations you must follow.

If you work in compliance, you know the frustration of trying to comply with all these regulations. From auditing your supply chain to organizing that data into a format you can use, it’s a lot to handle. On top of that, you must be able to adapt to change. The compliance landscape is forever evolving, and it’s only picking up steam. Bloated compliance programs won’t do well going forward.

Integrated compliance software solutions, like the one offered by Assent Compliance, are the answer. Assent’s platform makes managing a compliance program quick, easy and efficient.

The first benefit you’ll find is the ability to access all of your restricted substance regulation data in one place. No more spreadsheets. No more lists. It’s all on your dashboard, accessible by the click of a button.

When regulations change — as we expect REACH will later this year when seven potential new substances are added to the SVHC list — the software is updated for you and immediately integrated with your program. You don’t have to do anything, and neither you nor your team will miss a beat.

Adding new regulations to your program is just as easy. Maybe your company is moving into the California market and now must comply with Proposition 65. We have a module built specifically for that, which you can easily add to your dashboard.

For companies interested in tracking substances outside of these regulations, Assent’s platform has the ability to create custom modules. This allows companies to designate their own restricted substances list, a feature particularly useful for forward-thinking organizations looking ahead to future changes. All the data is built into the system, all you have to do is select which substances you want to track.

The days of scrambling to get the job done and working long hours can be gone. All you have to do is contact Assent Compliance. Our software platform scales with your business, so you’ll never have to worry about outgrowing your compliance program.

Contact us today for a free demonstration of our software platform at

While you experience our software, ask your suppliers to visit the Assent Compliance Supplier Success Center for unlimited free access to educational materials, training courses and guides. Your suppliers’ success is your success.