Transparency Initiative

 
We want to provide access to our safety data and enter into a dialog, so that people can clearly see how things work and why we make the conclusions we do - to help demystify the process.

We want to take you with us on a journey and give you an idea what it takes to disclose safety relevant data.

Let's take the example of one substance and dive into this interactive multimedia story!
 
Why?
People worry about pesticides in their food, their health, the health of bees and the environment. Conflicting messages dominate media and social networks, making it difficult for people to separate fact from fiction. Mistrust is amplified when the public doubts the integrity of privately-funded research studies, or if they think the industry is hiding something from them.
Why now?
We initially have faced some challenges in increasing transparency in regards to safety-related regulatory documents. That's because protection of our intellectual property, including our own safety research - is the lifeblood of any innovation company. We had to analyze how to balance transparency with ensuring that confidential business information does not fall into the hands of competitors.
What?
a. First, we're introducing summarized test results and evaluations, which are available for download on this website. Additional information will be provided through videos, infographics and other sources (i.e. links and documents) to help put regulatory science into context.

b. In the next phase, you will also be able to request access to full, in-depth safety study reports. We want anyone - from an interested person to a member of the scientific community - to be able to access the information in a way that is quick and easy to understand.
 
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Also, we appreciate your understanding.



We have to respect our scientists' privacy and therefore are not sharing their names and addresses. These parts are blacked out.

We do the same for confidential business information which we do not want to see falling into the hands of competitors.
 

What can you learn on our website?

 

Phase1



SummariesA summary is a condensed version of a scientific study, containing all relevant information on study guidelines, test systems, methods, results, statistical analysis and conclusion.
of active substances study information for
ecotoxicologyEcotoxicology combines knowledge and techniques from both ecology and toxicology. It looks at the effects of chemicals or biological agents on organisms in the environment.
,
environmental fateEnvironmental fate describes the behavior, metabolism and distribution of substances in the environment (soil, water, groundwater, air)
,
toxicologyToxicology studies the adverse effects of chemicals in mammalian organisms to assess potential effects in humans.
and
residuesCrop protection products are applied to plants to protect them from fungi, insects, or weed competition. Residues are traces of crop protection products, and occur in and on food after products are applied to food crops.
. These summaries already contain all the scientific information we have in a condensed format.

Phase2

Full study reports which may be as long as several thousand pages, including all the details on experimental setup and results.

We want you to better understand what we do and will use different formats like scroll stories, short videos and other helpful materials for illustration.

 

Protecting the privacy of our scientists and our investments from commercial misuse means an immense effort. Therefore, a step-by-step approach is required.


Please understand that we cannot work on all substances at the same time.



Want to know more?

Lots of experts are involved to share our scientific data with you.

 

The journey.


Our safety experts, scientists, data specialists and contract lawyers have to cooperate globally throughout the disclosure process.

Move through the different steps involved to disclose information for one single substance.



Safety Experts

They are responsible for performing and reporting safety studies around the globe, working with Regulatory Managers to compile the studies for this Transparency Initiative. They will help to answer your questions about our studies.


What are the challenges?

Our goal is to have an open dialogue with you about our science. Please remember, there are more of you than us, so it may take a little while for us to answer your questions.

Regulatory Managers

They are responsible for the documents we disclose and they work with the various functions to make sure that the information is complete.


What are the challenges?

Our goal is to make sure you have access to our safety data from around the world, while protecting the data ownership rights of our third party partners.

Documentation Specialists

They are responsible for managing hundreds of thousands of documents including all of the safety relevant study summaries and reports which are required in the Transparency Initiative to make them available on our platform.


What are the challenges?

Our goal is to ensure our safety information is made available to you as quickly as possible, while protecting the privacy of our scientists and safeguarding our confidential business information. We are working through hundreds of thousands of pages. So please be patient with us!

Lawyers

They are responsible for ensuring that the disclosure of data does not conflict with the interests of third parties, e.g. that we are the owner of the data and allowed to disclose them. They also check if confidential business information is contained in the documents which need to be blackened.


What are the challenges?

Our goal is to ensure public access to our safety data while protecting our know-how and investment in safety studies against misuse.

External stakeholders being involved in the process.

Authorities
Scientific collaborators
Industry collaborators