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Before raw materials are used, our pharmacists, toxicologists, laboratory analysts and other health scientists conduct thorough evaluations in our laboratories. We view our suppliers as important partners in our business, and require them to provide raw materials, packaging and other supplies that meet our high standards of material safety and quality.
Our companies are expected to comply with regulations on ingredients in all countries where our products are sold. Wherever authorities have set limits on certain ingredients, we require that our product formulations are within those limits. We also work with regulatory authorities around the world to ensure our ingredients are safe for patients and consumers as well as the environment.
Some of our products use advanced technologies and materials that offer superior qualities. We employ these technologies because they enhance product features and performance and have been shown to be safe for people and the environment. We monitor the scientific literature, listen when questions arise about the use of particular ingredients, and review new scientific data to ensure that our ingredients maintain the high standards that have been our hallmark for generations of customers.
Nanoparticles (particles less than 100 nanometers in size) help us to develop improved medicines, medical devices, and personal care products, such as shampoos, body washes, sunscreens and cosmetics. Johnson & Johnson has set standards for the responsible use of nanotechnology to provide a common framework for evaluation across our companies.
We participate in nanotechnology scientific forums, monitor regulatory developments, research the environmental impact of nanoparticles, investigate product safety and develop advanced protective methods for working with nano-sized materials.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)
Since the 1970s, scientists have been able to alter the genetic makeup of cells for the production of recombinant proteins and products.
• Health Care Products
Genetic technologies have led to the introduction of advanced products such as biopharmaceutical medicines and new medical devices. Johnson & Johnson biopharmaceutical companies work closely with regulatory authorities around the world to ensure appropriate standards and controls are in place when genetic technologies are used.
• Consumer Products
Today, scientists are also able to alter the genetic makeup of plants to improve their resistance to disease and pests. While a small percentage of ingredients in some of our consumer products may contain materials derived from genetically modified plant materials, such as corn derivatives, these ingredients must meet our high standards for purity, quality and safety. We depend on supplier labeling of raw materials derived from soy and corn products to know whether materials have been genetically modified.