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Join this free online course to learn about product compliance. Get an introduction to SAP S/4HANA for product compliance and discover how it can help you manage regulatory requirements, track substances, assess supplier materials, classify products, and manage and ship compliance documents.

The course Product Compliance in a Nutshell has moved and is now available on the SAP Learning site. The openSAP platform will be discontinued at the end of July 2024.

Self-paced since July 13, 2022
Language: English
Subtitles (auto-generated): Deutsch, English, Français, Español

Course information

Course Summary

Increased environmental awareness and safety expectations have led to increasingly complex product requirements. Related regulations have been issued at various levels, ranging from the United Nations to multi-national level, such as the European Union, and to national and regional authorities, as well as from industry associations to company-specific policies. To protect brand value and company revenue, understanding and compliance with regulatory obligations and product promises is critical.

With product compliance management, companies ensure that everyone involved along the value chain knows and complies with all the regulatory requirements. Depending on the product and the markets in which companies operate, this can be quite challenging. SAP helps companies manage their product compliance obligations by embedding them into a solution that covers every step of the product lifecycle.

This course provides an introduction to SAP S/4HANA for product compliance. In it, you’ll get an overview of how the solution helps you to manage regulatory requirements, track substances, assess supplier materials, classify products, and manage and ship compliance documents.

Course Characteristics

  • Starting from: June 14, 2022, 09:00 UTC. (What does this mean?)
  • Duration: The course is open for 4 weeks
  • Effort: 3 hours in total
  • Course assignment: You can take the course assignment at any time whilst the course is open
  • Course closure: July 13, 2022, 9:00 UTC
  • Course language: English
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Course Content

Unit 1: Introduction
Unit 2: Value chain integration
Unit 3: Basic concepts
Unit 4: Basic compliance data
Unit 5: Product marketability
Unit 6: Dangerous goods
Unit 7: Safety data sheets

Target Audience

  • Experts in product compliance, product stewardship, regulatory affairs
  • Experts in dangerous goods
  • Other business specialists dealing with compliance-relevant products, for example sales representatives, shipping specialists, transportation managers, purchasing specialists, specialists for product master data, and marketing specialists
  • Anyone interested in learning about the challenges in product compliance and how SAP helps companies solve them

Course Requirements

No prerequisites required

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Course End
Jul 13, 2022
Course Start
Jun 14, 2022


This course was rated with 4.33 stars in average from 495 votes.

Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 50% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain a Confirmation of Participation by completing at least 50% of the course material.

Find out more in the certificate guidelines.

This course is offered by

Ralf Coenning

Ralf Coenning is the Chief Product Owner for SAP Product Compliance. With this he is responsible for all product development activities in that space, both for process industries as well as discrete industries.
Ralf is a known product expert with more than 27 years of experience in software development for product safety and stewardship, and product compliance. He has worked as developer, consultant, team lead, and product owner. Today he and his team is delivering continuous innovations to SAP customers.
Ralf has a Diploma in Computer Science from the Clausthal University of Technology. He has been an active contributor at many webinars, events and conferences.

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Andrea Giessmann

Dr. Andrea Giessmann is a product expert for SAP S/4HANA for product compliance. As a passionate product owner, she leads one of the development teams in SAP S/4HANA and is responsible for delivering continuous innovation to SAP customers. Andrea has worked for over six years in product safety and stewardship as well as product compliance.

Prior to this, Andrea was part of the SAP Research and Innovation Hub in Switzerland, and worked as a senior researcher and development expert. She holds a PhD in information systems from the Université de Lausanne, Switzerland.

Michael Mulder

Michael Mulder is a user assistance developer at SAP in a development team for product compliance. He has lived and worked in the US, China, and now in Germany.

Michael enjoys creating content for users with appealing how-to videos and informative blogs, always keeping the user experience and easy-of-use in mind.

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Andreas Chudalla

Andreas Chudalla is a product expert in product management for SAP S/4HANA for product compliance. His focus is on designing, developing, and publishing learning materials.

Andreas has built on his experience as a consultant for product compliance for two decades. He has led countless customer workshops, written development  specifications, and implemented numerous projects.

Andreas studied aerospace engineering, which gave him a great feel for accuracy and safety. He is also a certified dangerous goods safety advisor.