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Compliance - Whistleblowing

We have implemented a system for reporting violations.

The reporting office has been established for GALAB Laboratories GmbH and its affiliated companies (GALAB Group) as the reporting office for notifications within the meaning of § 12 HinSchG.

You have the option to submit your report through our reporting office. You decide whether and which of your contact details to provide and whether you wish to receive feedback. If you wish to receive feedback and provide your contact details, you will receive confirmation of the receipt of your report within 7 days through the communication channel you specified.

Furthermore, you will receive information on the handling of your report, including any measures taken, within 3 months.

Your report goes directly to our external ombudsman (datenschutz nord GmbH, Dominik Bleckmann, legal expert), who treats it confidentially and, after an initial review, forwards it to our internal department for further action.

You can submit your reports through:

  • Personal appearance by appointment,
  • Sending a written report by mail,
  • Phone,
  • Electronic submission via email.

datenschutz nord GmbH, Konsul-Smidt-Str. 88, 28217 Bremen

Phone: +49 421 6966 32 349 Email: compliance@dsn-group.de

You have the opportunity to report violations in the following areas:

  • Offenses punishable by law,
  • Fines for violations of protective norms for life, limb, health, or employees and their representatives,
  • Public procurement,
  • Financial services, financial products, and financial markets, as well as prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing,
  • Product safety and conformity,
  • Traffic safety,
  • Environmental protection,
  • Food safety,
  • Animal health and public health,
  • Consumer protection,
  • Privacy and personal data protection, as well as the security of networks and information systems,
  • Violations of the financial interests of the Union within the meaning of Article 325 TFEU and according to the more detailed definitions in relevant Union measures,
  • Violations of internal market regulations within the meaning of Article 26 (2) TFEU, including violations of Union competition and state aid regulations, as well as violations of internal market regulations regarding actions that violate corporate tax regulations or agreements aimed at obtaining a tax advantage contrary to the objective or purpose of applicable corporate tax law.

This list is not exhaustive. You can also report violations in other areas. Refer to § 2 HinSchG for the exact scope, which is listed below.

Scope of the reporting office according to § 2 HinSchG:

The reporting office is responsible for receiving reports on the following areas:

  • Offenses punishable by law,
  • Offenses subject to fines, insofar as the violated provision serves the protection of life, body, or health or the protection of the rights of employees or their representatives,
  • Other violations of federal and state laws as well as directly applicable legal acts of the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community
  • Combatting money laundering and terrorist financing, including in particular the Money Laundering Act and Regulation (EU) 2015/847 of the European Parliament and of the Council of May 20, 2015, on information on transfers of funds and repealing Regulation (EU) No 1781/2006 (OJ L 141, 5.6.2015, p. 1), as amended by Regulation (EU) 2019/2175 (OJ L 334, 27.12.2019, p. 1), in each case as amended,
  • With requirements for product safety and conformity,
  • With requirements for road safety, including road infrastructure safety management, safety requirements in road tunnels, and approval for the profession of road haulage operator or passenger road transport operator (bus company),
  • With requirements for ensuring railway operational safety,
  • With requirements for safety in maritime transport concerning EU regulations on the recognition of ship inspection and survey organizations, liability and insurance of carriers in the carriage of passengers at sea, the approval of ship equipment, maritime safety investigations, seafarer training, the registration of persons on passenger ships in maritime transport, as well as EU regulations and procedural rules for the safe loading and unloading of bulk carriers,
  • With requirements for civil aviation safety in terms of averting dangers to operational and technical safety and in terms of air traffic control,
  • With requirements for the safe transport of dangerous goods on the road, by rail, and by inland waterway,
  • With requirements for environmental protection,
  • With requirements for radiation protection and nuclear safety,
  • To promote the use of energy from renewable sources and energy efficiency,
  • For food and feed safety, ecological production, and labeling of organic products, the protection of geographical indications for agricultural products and food, including wine, flavored wine products, and spirits, as well as guaranteed traditional specialties, the placing on the market and use of plant protection products, as well as animal health and animal welfare, insofar as they concern the protection of farm animals, the protection of animals at the time of slaughter, the keeping of wild animals in zoos, the protection of animals used for scientific purposes, and the transport of animals and related operations,
  • For quality and safety standards for human and animal organs and substances, human and veterinary medicinal products, medical devices, as well as cross-border patient care,
  • For the manufacture, presentation, and sale of tobacco products and related products,
  • For the regulation of consumer rights and consumer protection in connection with contracts between entrepreneurs and consumers, as well as for the protection of consumers in the field of payment accounts and financial services, price information, and unfair commercial practices,
  • For the protection of privacy in electronic communication, the confidentiality of communication, the protection of personal data in the field of electronic communication, the protection of the privacy of end-users’ terminals and information stored in these terminals, protection against unreasonable harassment by advertising through telephone calls, automatic calling machines, fax machines, or electronic mail, as well as caller ID and suppression and inclusion in directories,
  • For the protection of personal data in the scope of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of April 27, 2016, on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data, on the free movement of such data and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation) (OJ L 119, 4.5.2016, p. 1; L 314, 22.11.2016, p. 72; L 127, 23.5.2018, p. 2; L 74, 4.3.2021, p. 35) according to its Article 2,
  • For security in information technology within the meaning of § 2 (2) of the BSI Act by providers of digital services within the meaning of § 2 (12) of the BSI Act,
  • For the regulation of the rights of shareholders of joint-stock companies,
  • For the audit of companies of public interest according to § 316a sentence 2 of the Commercial Code,
  • For accounting, including the accounting of companies that are capital market-oriented within the meaning of § 264d of the Commercial Code, credit institutions within the meaning of § 340 (1) of the Commercial Code, financial services institutions within the meaning of § 340 (4) sentence 1 of the Commercial Code, securities institutions within the meaning of § 340 (4a) sentence