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[Priority Issue 4]Ensure Product and Chemical Safety

 

Note: The article on this page is taken from Sustainability Report 2018.

Target and Key points in FY2017 Activities

Target for 2030

Because the Fujifilm Group manufactures a wide range of products including chemical products, functional materials, optical devices, office equipment, and medical equipment, we have established management rules for the different assembly and manufacturing processes of our products from two perspectives: management of the handling of chemical substances and management of information on chemical substances in our products. We have implemented global operations management across the Group and we have established a system to acquire accurate information on the laws and regulations in each country and region around the world to start a prompt preparation in an early stage. This has allowed us to maintain comprehensive and efficient management of chemical substances.

Outline of Activities in FY2017

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  • Completed the review of chemical substances in use, based on our voluntary management policy for specific chemical substances preceding regulation.
  • Demonstrated the accuracy of evaluation system of alternative test method as a skin sensitization test, “ADRA.”
  • Started full-scale operation of chemSHERPA, a new system for sharing information on chemical substances in products, in Japan.

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Future Activities and Targets

  • Make and execute a management plan for each managed chemical substance.
  • Adopts “ADRA” test method in OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) test guideline.
  • Expand use of “chemSHERPA” to our production sites in Asia region.

Management of Chemical Substances

In addition to the current regulations, Fujifilm Group manages chemical substances using self-regulatory S classification, which places prior restrictions on the use of chemical substances that may be restricted in the future and that pose a threat to health and the environment. If these substances are found to be in use, they must be changed to safer alternatives as soon as possible and these substances are restricted their use in new products.This management system was introduced at the facilities in Japan in FY2016. In FY2017, all substances used in Europe, Americas and China have been inspected to conform with the S classification. We will formulate and execute a management plan for substances that come under S classification.

New Classification Chart for Chemical Substance Management

[image]New Classification Chart for Chemical Substance Management

Safety Evaluation

Fujifilm evaluates the safety of developed chemical substances and chemical substances used at each stage from the development to commercialization of products. Also, from the viewpoint of animal welfare, we are actively working to develop alternative test methods and to participate in collaborative research on skin sensitization and corrosive tests. In FY2017, we conducted a validation study on Amino Acid Derivative Reactivity Assay (ADRA), developed by Fujifilm for skin sensitization test as an alternative to animal testing method, and we confirmed that our method is more sensitive than conventional alternative test methods as a skin sensitization test for chemical substances. We will work to have our “ADRA” method adopted by the OECD test guidelines as a skin sensitivity test.

˜Management of Chemical Substances in Products

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Holding briefings for suppliers on the introduction of chemSHERPA

Fujifilm has formulated the Fujifilm Green Procurement Standards for the chemical substances contained in its products. Founded on this standard, we manage the chemical substances in raw materials, parts and components of our products in cooperation with our suppliers, so as to deliver secure products to customers. In FY2017, we completed the introduction of our new “chemSHERPA” scheme to communicate information on chemical substance in our products among companies, and have started fullscale use. We will expand this scheme to our facilities in Asia.

Note: The article on this page is taken from Sustainability Report 2018.

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The Fujifilm Group examines CSR issues from both corporate and stakeholders' viewpoints and moves forward with its CSR activities by setting priority CSR targets and implementing specific measures.



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