Who We Are

Founded in 1925 and headquartered in Akron, Ohio, Smithers is a multinational provider of testing, consulting, information, and compliance services. With laboratories and operations in North America, Europe, and Asia, Smithers supports customers in the transportation, life science, packaging, materials, components, consumer, dry commodities, and energy industries. Smithers delivers accurate data, on time, with high touch, by integrating science, technology, and business expertise, so customers can innovate with confidence.

Our Mission

At Smithers, our mission is to help our clients innovate with confidence as they develop, produce, and launch new products and materials. We provide both routine and innovative testing, consulting, information, and compliance services, delivering accurate data, on time, with high touch.

Our Divisions

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

Smithers Materials Science and Engineering has been serving the rubber, plastics, print, and packaging industries for nearly 100 years, providing a complete portfolio of testing and consulting services from the product development stage to the ultimate service environment. Our experts have years of experience designing and conducting customized and standard testing protocols to measure the performance and durability of both products and materials. With laboratories in the United States, the United Kingdom, and China, the Materials Science and Engineering division provides integrated capabilities on a global scale, supporting industry sectors including tire, automotive, polymer products, oil and gas, medical device, pharmaceutical, transport, industrial, consumer products, packaging, paper, and print.

Environmental Risk Sciences (ERS)

Smithers Environmental Risk Sciences provides standard guideline and higher-tiered environmental studies on a global scale. Laboratory-based and field studies are conducted by experts with years of experience in both North America and Europe. Our laboratories are equipped to deliver a comprehensive range of ecotoxicologyenvironmental fate, metabolism, and chemistry services, in service to the pharmaceutical, crop protection, chemical, and consumer household product industries worldwide.

Quality Assessments (SQA)

For over 25 years, Smithers Quality Assessments has been an accredited quality and environmental management systems certification body. Industrial, commercial, government, and service businesses of all sizes work with the Quality Assessments division when seeking certification to common standards including:

Pharmaceutical Development Services (PDS)

Smithers Pharmaceutical Development Services offers a comprehensive range of pre-clinical and clinical services for all phases of drug development, including support for development of drug delivery devices, and medical and pharmaceutical packaging testing. Our expert scientists perform large molecule bioanalysis, assay development, validation, and sample analysis at our GLP- and GCP-compliant laboratories. We conduct environmental risk assessments/environmental assessments to support registration in the EU and US for our pharmaceutical clients. Smithers also offers accredited, third-party auditing and certification to the ISO 13485 quality management system standard for the medical device industry.

Information (SMI)

Smithers Information delivers over 50 reports and 40 events every year to provide clients with an independent global source of in-depth market, technical, and business information. With a worldwide network of industry experts, our market reports, consultancy, events, and membership services provide customers with practical and cost-effective solutions to unique challenges for companies in a range of industries, while giving them the confidence to make better decisions, faster.

Medical Device Testing (MDT)

Smithers Medical Device Testing helps medical device and pharmaceutical product manufacturers bring innovative, compliant and highly effective products to market with our world-class expertise and extensive independent medical device testing capabilities. We can assist throughout your medical device product development cycle, with medical device testing from concept, material selection, design for manufacture, manufacture, packaging (primary and secondary) through to the distribution testing for supply chain validation. Our experienced team will provide advice, guidance and recommendations as well as delivering test data to help you demonstrate compliance to regulatory guidance or specifications set out by the FDA, EMA, MHRA, USP, ASTM and ISO.

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