From concept to product launch and beyond, we are scientific consultants with the expertise to put your product safely in the hands of consumers.

ABOUT US

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Focal Point Research is a North American consulting company which has a unique ability to assist in many aspects of launching and improving regulated products.  From early concept to regulatory approvals, product and packaging development, manufacturing and quality assurance, we provide comprehensive insight not typically found in a single firm.

Our expertise covers cosmetics, drugs, medical devices and natural health products.  We work with small, medium and large corporations, as well as with industry associations and governments.  Every project and every client is treated uniquely, and we provide the assurance of confidentiality in all of our work.  With our scientific, regulatory, and quality expertise, we assist our clients using a holistic approach from new product development right through to market introduction.

At Focal Point Research we earn the confidence of our clients by providing excellent and timely service to ensure their success.  Our clients benefit from our expertise without the need to add headcount or overhead.  In addition to our knowledgeable staff, we have affiliates globally who bring additional expertise on specialized projects.  Located in the beautiful lakefront community of Port Credit, Focal Point Research is close to downtown Toronto and the Toronto airports, helping us reach our clients faster.  Services we offer include:

  • Assess new products for regulatory compliance
  • Prepare submissions to U.S. FDA and Health Canada
  • Evaluate product-label compliance
  • Conduct manufacturing audits
  • Manage issues and crisis including product recall and challenges from competitors or media
  • Evaluate product/package compatibility
  • Commission analytical chemistry and stability studies
  • Design and commission Clinical Trial
  • Training in all areas of our expertise

Looking for a service not on this list? Please call or email us to discuss our full range of services and how we can be of assistance.

The Focal Point Research team of consultants is ready to help with your issues and concerns.  Our friendly staff include scientists from various disciplines, regulatory and packaging experts and administrative support.  We are eager to help you.

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HISTORY

Founded in 1990 by Janet Ross-Fichtner, Focal Point Research began as a home based business in a small basement office built by her husband.  Janet was an expert in food and sensory evaluation, and her consulting practice focused on the Canadian food industry.  Janet’s husband Rob Ross-Fichtner joined the business in 1999 and added practice areas in Cosmetics, Drugs and Consumer Products.  Focal Point Research has since grown to include a diverse group of scientific and regulatory experts from a variety of backgrounds.  Following Janet’s passing in 2011, Focal Point Research continues to honour her values of hard work and commitment; excellence in everything we do; and honesty, integrity and leadership with our clients, colleagues and community.  The Janet Ross-Fichtner Scholarship has been created in memory of Janet at the University of Guelph, where she was a proud graduate.

I HAVE TRULY ENJOYED WORKING WITH YOU OVER THE LAST 8 YEARS! YOU AND YOUR TEAM HAVE BEEN AN AMAZING RESOURCE FOR  ME. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN IMPRESSED BY THE KNOWLEDGE AND PROFESSIONALISM OF EVERYONE AT FOCAL POINT, WHICH IS A TRUE TESTAMENT TO YOUR LEADERSHIP.

CLIENT, MULTINATIONAL COSMETIC AND DRUG MANUFACTURER