Category Archives: Regulatory Impact

Coloring inside the Lines – Designing Business Communications in Highly Regulated Industries

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Regulations are intended to inform and protect the customer. They also protect the corporation from potential liability. Regulations are not the enemy of design, they don’t need to be defeated or circumvented. They need to be understood and implemented in a way that serves the intended purpose – and the same could be said of any portion of content in any information design project. Once you learn enough to color inside the regulatory lines you’re much more likely to be able to influence where those lines are drawn.

Jell-O, Healthcare and the New Normal

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Running a hospital or healthcare practice is already labor and capital intensive, highly regulated and impenetrably complex. The Affordable Care Act and the growing trend toward consumerism has added constant change to the list of industry challenges. While the ACA itself is the law of the land and implementation is moving forward, the foundational elements… Read More »

Health Insurance – Change Brings Opportunities

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It’s fair to say that the business model for health insurance is in the process of being completely redefined by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or ACA). Health insurers can expect to spend the bulk of 2013 getting ready for the new post-ACA marketplace. How far reaching are these changes? Well, they… Read More »

Paper Legality Laws; Coming to a Continent near You

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Over the past few years, discussions surrounding how legal paper sourcing decisions are made by print buyers have received less and less attention from the press. This doesn’t mean that the issue has melted away; it merely means normalization of the process has relegated it to the board room and to the senate committee. However… Read More »

Important Advice to all FSC Certified Printers

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Recently, the Forest Stewardship Council released their revised FSC-DIR-40-004 document, containing a series of advice notes which every certified printer (and converter, and merchant, and broker) “should have” received through their certifying body (CB). Included in this document is Advice Note ADVICE-40-004-03 which deals with the ability for printers to FSC-Label certain classifications of paper.… Read More »

How Responsible Sourcing Will Impact Printers in 2011

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The rhetoric surrounding “green”, “sustainability” and “corporate social responsibility” has cooled a bit. This means we are now in the normalization phase. Between 2005 and 2008, literally everything gained a greenish tinge. 2009 capped the trend by becoming the year of the “green printing trade show”. Trade shows in 2010 had a diminished green presence. So here we are in 2011. Responsible sourcing/procurement is fast becoming the driving realization that encompasses everything green and sustainable.

ISO versus the FTC on Post Consumer Waste

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Ever heard this one before? A print buyer sends the specs for a job specifying “recycled paper”. We’re talking about recycled “content” here, which is simply any percentage of the paper made from fiber (paper) that has been diverted from a waste stream. This is further broken down into pre- and post-consumer waste components. Commonly,… Read More »

The First Rule of Internal Auditing

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Internal auditing is an intermittent activity that should be planned to be enacted at least annually to evaluate every process in the enterprise. Some processes which are more critical than others should be internally audited more frequently, sometimes quarterly, and of course immediately upon reoccurring issue identification such as multiple product non-conformities or customer complaints.

Vertical Stuff Transaction Printers Should Know

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A quick note on some regulations that are impacting transaction documents in the Financial Services Vertical: 1. Cost Basis Reporting 2. 401(k) Fee Disclosure The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 is best known for the $700 billion bailout provision – but also includes new requirements for financial intermediaries  to report adjusted cost basis  to investors and the… Read More »