Read more below about the history and background of the PFA Group businesses.
“Peter Fisk Associates came into being after I left Shell Research Limited in 1995. After ten years in R & D, and five years in regulatory work in a multinational, I was ready to find out what I was really made of! Setting up a small company was very exciting and a great deal of fun, because I am the kind of person who can try out all the kinds of skills needed in small business.
At a personal level, I would be delighted to see sustainability in respect of product and process design getting a higher priority in industry, especially in R & D; we want to be part of that. At the same time I would like to see regulators identifying the really important issues more readily.”
– Dr Peter Fisk, Founder
Peter Fisk Associates has grown steadily over the years. Experienced scientists have joined us and found freedom to use their knowledge. We have a diverse set of scientific skills, styles, and nationalities represented.
The PFA Group now has more than 30 full and part-time staff. We work well together, with informal working relationships, and a quiet respect for each other’s experience.
In terms of client-base, we have always had a mix of small and large companies, consortia and regulatory authorities. We can retain a sense of reality about commercial need balanced with objectivity that is needed in environmental consulting and particularly when regulatory compliance is at stake.
We have always taken the view that the interpretation of data does not depend at all on who the client is.
Looking forward - meeting wider needs in the PFA Group
Since the very beginning of the company a large proportion of PFA’s work has been with the European Union’s industry and regulatory bodies, therefore it made sense to have a base in Brussels particularly in the face of the UK referendum. So in 2016 we set up PFA-Brussels sprl, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Peter Fisk Associates Limited. The focus of PFA-Brussels is strategic needs within REACH, chemicals policy, and EU cosmetics and biocides.
Fisk-Welch REACH Services Limited was formed in 2008 by Peter Fisk (Peter Fisk Associates Ltd) and Anthony Welch (A.J. Welch Chartered Accountant) to provide financial management and Secretariat support facilities to REACH substance consortia.
PFA-Vision Limited was launched in 2016 to help clients optimise the discovery and development process by evaluating acceptability (safety, risk, and compliance issues) from the outset.