It's important to keep your business safe in a regulatory environment.

Christian Salvans is a writer.

New technologies, new environmental, social, and corporate governance reporting requirements, and a new world of hybrid work are some of the changes that can be seen in an era of unprecedented disruption.

Rapidly changing regulatory landscape is a factor in manufacturing. The research found that regulatory changes took effect every day. Five per day is the average in the years to come. The pace of change can endanger strategic planning, break supply chains, create legal hazard, and threaten reputation and revenue.

Regulatory changes must be kept up to date by manufacturers. The timely release and sale of products is ensured by continuous compliance management. Real-time intelligence on rules and flexible strategies are some of the features of compliance management.

It might seem like a moving target. Regulatory authorities communicating changes inconsistently can cause even an organization's full intent to follow laws to come up against them. It's important for organizations to partner with regulatory experts who can build relationships with the relevant authorities and offer technology that gives a real-time understanding of how regulatory changes affect their business.

It is technology and sustainable.

In a regulatory world constantly adapting to market needs, two aspects of manufacturing are more important than others.

25 years ago, a TV was built using very different hardware and software than it is today Emerging technology means emerging manufacturer regulations intended to ensure capabilities, materials, and production processes are safe and sustainable.

Artificial intelligence can allow a product to make important decisions that could compromise user security. Convenience increases the risk of customers data privacy and the threat of cyber attacks as the internet of things allows remote management of connected devices. There is a global patchwork of new laws that affect research and development due to the rapid roll out of wireless and cellular technology.

The regulatory boom is being driven by the increasing demand for sustainable products.

Manufacturers used to see sustainable as a point of pride, but now it's a matter of law. Environmental laws are adapted by the EU to reduce carbon emissions. The region has policies such as the European Green Deal and the EU Circular Economy Action Plan 2020.

Climate change is not the only issue that is emerging as a human rights issue. The German supply chain due diligence act requires organizations to assess human rights risks in their supply chains.

There is monitoring and maintaining.

Monitoring regulations and maintaining compliance are two of the biggest challenges faced by manufacturers.

Hundreds of regulations and requirements that evolve faster than ever are what manufacturers must monitor. There are four regulatory changes per day.

Time to market and profits can be hurt by labor intensive changes to product development. Every change can expose organizations, their partners, and their customers to vulnerabilities.

Continuous assessment is required togauge how regulatory changes affect products. Retesting, reinspecting, resubmitting products for regulatory certification are some of the things that need to be done.

Taking action to ensure compliance.

As the regulatory and product compliance environment continues to evolve, manufacturers need a strong foundation in knowledge.

An organization trying to monitor and respond to hundreds of rules on environmental safety, electromagnetic compatibility, wireless and telecommunications, cybersecurity, fire, and chemicals needs a lot of in-house resources. It can be difficult to assess and communicate what these changes mean for their products. There are many considerations beyond the capabilities of spreadsheets.

The big picture of business strategy that drives customer satisfaction, sector leadership, and revenue growth can be helped by partnering with regulatory experts using specialized technology.

In order to stay ahead of regulatory disruption, manufacturers should work with global experts. Businesses can focus on strategy and growth if they have a fully integrated platform from a partner. There are benefits to this relationship.

  • Monitoring and alerting manufacturers to regulatory changes and certification expirations
  • Connecting manufacturers’ certifications with a network of global experts
  • Assistance with gap and impact assessments on the products
  • Development of a tactical plan to keep products in compliance and help introduce existing/new products into new markets
  • Lowering manufacturers’ operating costs and noncompliance risks

The right expert can help streamline all regulatory requirements in an end- to-end service.

Technology and sustainable practices are not slowing down. Partnering with an expert that brings specialized technology is important for manufacturers to stay ahead of compliance issues.

Stay ahead of global regulations, improve speed to market, and better manage compliance are some of the things that can be done with the help of UL.

There is a senior director of global market access at the company.