Chemical Regulation & Food Safety

Rigorous science supports safer food, new pesticide active ingredients, and personal care products

Whether outlining a strategy to register a pesticide in the U.S., EU, U.K., Canada, or globally, assessing the quality and compliance of food and food ingredients, food products, cosmetics and personal care products, or household goods and cleaning products, Exponent's multidisciplinary teams provide critical understanding and support for navigating global regulatory challenges.

When you have complex challenges related to chemical regulation, how does Exponent's multidisciplinary approach provide strategic solutions?

Exponent's Center for Chemical Regulation & Food Safety specializes in timely, evidence-based insights that help you navigate complex global regulatory frameworks as well as in providing strong technical support for issues. Our teams include chemists, toxicologists, ecotoxicologists, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, risk assessors, and regulatory consultants who are experienced in issues related to foods, food ingredients, food safety, nutrition, and personal care, cosmetics, pesticide, and non-pesticide products — including conventional chemicals, biochemicals, agrichemicals, microbials, antimicrobials, consumer products, and biotechnology. 

Our consultants specialize in managing anticipated regulatory procedures and unanticipated challenges, offering support and high-level advising on navigating processes governed by the Environmental Protection Agency, state agencies such as the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), the EU and its member states, and Codex Alimentarius. Our consultants are particularly familiar with the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) designation; food contact notifications; pesticide registration; Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and REACH Dossier Updates; and the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). 

We work closely with trade associations, chemical and food product manufacturers, and grower-commodity groups to provide strategic regulatory advice and assist our clients with the often challenging chemical regulatory compliance processes.  


Exponent's multidisciplinary approach to chemical and food safety focuses on the complete product development and regulatory lifecycle, addressing the need for strategic and technical planning, as well as regulatory and business issues. Our integrated activities in each product or substance area often include product registration, due diligence, registrability assessments, product development, product stewardship strategies, experimental use permits, and reduced risk submissions.


Our global and comprehensive expertise across industries gives us a deep understanding of current challenges, best industry practices, and the implications of emerging technologies.

Dennis Keefe, Ph.D.
Dennis Keefe, Ph.D.

Senior Managing Scientist