We bring a unique forensic-based understanding of global supply chains and expertise in chemical profiling to address challenges of credibility, trust and provenance verification for modern supply chains.
Provenance (noun):The earliest place of origin.
Our provenance science services provide clients with the ability to verify the provenance of their products via scientific analysis of physical product samples to mitigate risk, validate digital data, protect their brand and support transparency within their supply chains.
TSW Trace® is the name of our proprietary provenance verification solution, which is our scientific process for determining the provenance, or origin, of a product. Whether an item is natural or man-made, its chemical composition represents where it is from and how it may have been produced. Animals absorb these trace elements, isotopes, chemicals and molecules through the process of eating, plants through nutrient uptake, and minerals and stones during mineralising events. We use this information to create a unique reference chemical fingerprint for the product and its matching location of origin. This fingerprint allows us to verify a product back to a specific point of origin from any point in the supply chain – its provenance.
Pioneered by Source Certain’s Chief Scientist Dr R John Watling, the technology brings together 40 years of research and application across various disciplines. The method is routinely employed as a forensic tool and delivered by our Forensic Science Services team, who have over 100 years of combined advanced research and forensic casework experience and are world leaders in the forensic and provenance science field.
A unique chemical fingerprint
From seafood, eggs and dairy, to diamonds, metals and minerals, TSW Trace analyses a physical sample of a product to determine its unique combination of chemicals, molecules, elements and isotopes that were imprinted on it via its geographical origin. The result of this analysis is a chemical fingerprint entirely unique to and representative of that product’s provenance. We store the fingerprint in a secure Provenance Database that can be cross-referenced with in-market samples to verify the origin of the product.
Our level of precision
While other service providers can identify the country or region of origin, we pinpoint the location of origin down to a farm, fishery, pond, plantation, kimberlite pipe or mine. As the pioneers of provenance science and the associated analytical methods needed to deliver it, we can profile samples to a level of precision that is hard for our competitors.
There is a gap between where something is grown and where it is labelled. That is the space we operate in.
Explore the challenges faced by each sector
We work a number of sectors with defined needs for provenance science services.
Supply chain security, supply chain resilience, the validity of ESG claims.
As we diversify and look for new sources of critical and strategic minerals, scientific provenance verification can support the building of resilient supply chains, manage supply chain risks and offer assurance of origin to key stakeholders.
Production claims such as 'free-range' are provenance based claims. Our scientific provenance verification technology enables the assessment of these claims to identify instances of substitution, like that of free-range with cage or barn laid eggs.
Our scientific provenance verification can identify diamond pipe of origin, lab-grown diamond laboratory and mine sites to underpin the integrity of gold, and natural diamond and lab grown diamond certification.
Source Certain commenced a pilot supply chain integrity program for WA Farm Direct (WFD), the licenced owner and original developer of boutique apple variety Bravo™ in 2021. The program has just been extended to cover all orchards across Australia.
Source Certain, in collaboration with World Forest ID (WFID), conducted a pilot program in late 2021 to determine how Trace Elements and Stable Isotopes could be applied as complementary techniques to further support other global WFID projects. Kolombangara, Solomon Islands…