Actio & Atrion International Launch REACHtracker(TM)

Thu Apr 24, 2008 11:40am EDT

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SaaS solution facilitates identification and management of supplier substance
pre-registration and registration intentions under REACH legislation

BOSTON, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Actio in partnership with Atrion
International today announced the availability of REACHtracker(TM), a SaaS
solution for managing supply chain communication and substance inventory for
pre-registration and registration obligations under Europe's new REACH
legislation.   REACHtracker(TM) enables companies to initiate supply chain
cooperation by leveraging structured e-mail communications and secure on-line
questionnaires that facilitate the otherwise complex, time-consuming process
of gathering and managing supplier substance registration intentions-the
critical first step towards REACH compliance.
    "REACH poses significant supply chain risk for companies selling products
and raw materials into and within the EU," stated Russ McCann, Actio's
President. "If a company is unaware of the registration status of their raw
materials, they could face manufacturing disruption or worse, prohibition.
REACHtracker(TM) eliminates this risk by providing a collaborative environment
to capture substance data and REACH intentions, on an ongoing basis,
throughout the supply chain."
    REACHtracker(TM) enables companies to build email campaigns that direct
suppliers to enter substance information and declare their REACH registration
intentions via a secure on-line questionnaire that links directly into a
substance information management database.  The progress of each supplier can
be tracked and follow-up e-mail campaigns can be conducted for non-responsive
suppliers.  REACHtracker(TM) also provides a dashboard to manage supplier
contact information, as well as sophisticated parametric reporting tools that
enable data to be rolled up into an unlimited number of custom reports.  Once
all substance information is collected, REACHtracker(TM) automatically
generates and uploads pre-registration XML files.
    "Atrion is very pleased to have been able to continue the collaborative
nature of our partnership with Actio," said Patrick Lavoie, President at
Atrion.  "By providing Atrion's regulatory insight and market validation,
REACHtracker(TM) is a viable REACH solution for companies facing the
complexities of the European Union's REACH Legislation."
    REACHtracker(TM) fully supports Verisign's Secure Socket Layer (SSL) to
ensure security of data flow throughout the supply chain. The solution is also
fully integrated with Actio's Chemical Management Solutions enabling the
automatic pre-screening and authorization of new chemicals, (M)SDS management,
inventory tracking using ERP systems, storage and dissemination of raw
material information.
    REACHtracker(TM) is currently available in both the North American and
European Union and is co-marketed by both Actio and Atrion International.
    About REACH
    REACH is a substance-based regulation which mandates that every substance
used in the manufacture of an article or preparation needs be identified and
assessed. If greater than one ton is purchased or used, then the material must
be registered with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). REACH obligations
correlate directly to a company's REACH role within the supply chain.
Typically a substance manufacturer would register the chemical so the
downstream users can continue to use the substances in their products. If for
example, a supplier chooses not to register a particular substance, then the
downstream customer must either register the substance itself or discontinue
use of the substance. The deadline for pre-registration is December 1st 2008.
    About Actio Corporation
    Since 1996, Actio has been helping companies and millions of their
employees, in a wide range of industries, cost-effectively manage the
complexities surrounding the use of chemicals in the global workplace. Actio
is a leading provider of chemical management solutions delivered as SaaS
(software as a service). Our chemical management portfolio manages all phases
of the chemical life cycle, enabling corporations to utilize Six Sigma or a
"best practices" approach for chemical management. Actio solutions track raw
material chemical composition for compliance with global regulations
including:  REACH, RoHS, WEEE. For more information about Actio Corporation,
visit www.actiocms.com
    About Atrion
    Atrion International Inc., founded in 1989, delivers the most reliable and
dependable product compliance solutions for multi-national 'formula-based'
companies. Compared to other solutions, Atrion integrates the largest set of
'expert' regulatory content into a proven & pre-packaged automation solution.
Able to 'connect' to key ERP systems, Atrion's material compliance solution
delivers the peace of mind that products will reach customers, with minimal
risks to brand image and shareholder value. Additionally, Atrion and its
certified SAP(R) partners provide a robust solution which compliments SAP's
REACH offering. Atrion International is a global software company
headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with offices in the United States,
Europe and Asia Pacific.
    MSDS VAULT, ACTIO REGULATOR and INTELLIGENTEXT are registered trademarks
of Actio Corporation.  MSDSXCHANGE, ACTIO GATEKEEPER, MSDS VAULT LABELMAKER
and MATERIAL DISCLOSURE.COM, HAPtracker and REACHtracker  are trademarks of
Actio Corporation 2008. All Rights Reserved.   All other trademarks are the
property of their respective owners.
SOURCE  Actio Corporation

Chris Nowak, Director of Business Development of Actio, +1-603-433-2300 ext.
150, cnowak@actio.net; or Donna Zamiska, Marketing & Communication Manager of
Atrion Intl., +1-514-337-2114, ext. 226, dzamiska@atrionintl.com; or PR
Contact, Sabine Kerner of IFact, Inc., +1-514-735-9892, skerner@ifact.com, for
Actio Corporation
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