Tip eight

"Date": Setting timelines helps your company and your suppliers plan for successful execution against stated expectations. Timelines should be informed by resource availability, business intelligence, and the scope of products covered by your policy. Timelines should be feasible yet ambitious enough to pass muster with external stakeholders.

Timelines may be incorporated into the chemicals policy or, alternatively, in related documents. For example, an SOP for suppliers may state that chemical content information pertaining to a restricted substances list should be submitted “within three months of being requested.”