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General Conditions of Sale

General Terms and Conditions of Sale for the Bachem Group of Companies in the USA and in Europe


1. Scope and conflicting terms


The following sales terms and delivery conditions apply to all the sales activities of the Bachem Group of companies in the USA and in Europe ("Bachem" hereinafter meaning any of the following: Bachem Americas, Inc., Bachem (UK) Ltd., Bachem Distribution Services GmbH and Bachem AG) as sellers and its customers (buyers).



In the event of a conflict between the following terms and conditions and different terms agreed to by Bachem and buyer in a signed written contract, the terms and conditions of the signed written contract shall prevail.



Bachem reserves the right to provide for the delivery of certain products via a different Bachem company than the one with which the order has been placed.



With the placement of an order or signing of a written contract with buyer, the buyer accepts the following terms and conditions. Any purchasing terms and conditions of the buyer do not apply, even if Bachem did not explicitly object. If no specific contract signed by the parties deviates from these terms, only the Bachem terms and conditions of sale are applicable.


2. Prices


Unless explicitly stated otherwise, all prices are quoted in US Dollars (USD) for orders placed with any Bachem company having its place of business in the US, in Euro (EUR) for orders placed with any Bachem company having its place of business in Great Britain and Germany, and in Swiss francs (CHF) for orders placed with any Bachem company having its place of business in Switzerland. Prices do not include value-added tax and/or sales tax which may be invoiced separately as required. As a rule, all prices include the inner and outer packaging.



If for any reason the prices in Bachem's printed catalog vary from the prices published on the Bachem website(, then the prices on the Bachem website shall prevail.



Bachem reserves the right to add a surcharge for smaller orders and/or for any special shipment conditions (e.g. blue ice or dry ice).



Shipping and handling charges apply to all shipments (see also 8.3)



All product prices are subject to change without notice prior to confirmation of an order, but no product will be shipped at increased prices without prior notification.



Bachem reserves the right to charge a fee on returned goods for re-assaying and restocking.



Bachem reserves the right not to fulfill orders in the unlikely event the product can no longer be made or the customer is in arrears with any payment.


3. Placing of Orders


Orders may be placed by telephone, fax, email, letter or online through Bachem's website.



Offers and orders placed verbally or by electronic transmission shall only become legally binding if they have beenconfirmed via a sales order number from Bachem.




Orders received by Bachem are firm and binding for the buyer and do not release the parties concerned from their obligation(s) to deliver or to accept delivery, nor release them from their

financial obligations to Bachem.


4. Delivery and Acceptance


Delivery terms may vary from country to country. For details check with your nearest Bachem sales office.



Agreed delivery deadlines refer to the shipment date of the goods. If the delivery deadline is exceeded, the buyer shall specify an appropriate period for acceptable late delivery of the shipment.



Bachem’s liability in respect of non-fulfillment or delay of delivery shall be confined to the invoice value of the goods.



Bachem’s obligation to deliver shall be suspended so long as the buyer is in arrears with respect to commitments or payment obligations.



Force majeure of any kind, unforeseeable operational disruptions, shortfalls or failures in delivery on the part of our suppliers, shortages of raw materials, power supplies and/or manpower, strikes, lockouts, problems in procuring means of transport, obstructions to traffic, war, political unrest, acts of terrorism, natural disasters and order of higher authorities exempt the party concerned from the obligation to deliver or to accept delivery for the duration of the disruption and for any consequential damages arising therefrom, but shall not exempt such party from any financial obligations arising from any goods or services already supplied.


5. Guarantee


Bachem guarantees the purity, identity and content of the delivered products according to the results listed on the “Analytical Data Sheet” (ADS) of the lot in question.However, it remains the sole responsibility of the buyer todetermine the suitability of all materials for any intended or specific purpose of use prior to use. Bachem makes no warranties as to use for an intended or specific purpose, unless previously expressly agreed in writing.



The buyer shall inspect visually and test the goods immediately upon receipt to determine whether the condition and quantity of the goods conforms to the applicable contractual agreement. Complaints in respect of deficiencies which are detected at the time of testing of the product must be lodged within 8 days of receipt of the goods. The complaint shall be submitted in writing with proof of non-compliance, naming specifically the product, the lot number and the invoice number.



If the buyer lodges a complaint of deficiency or of inconsistency in good time, and if the complaint is justified, the buyer shall receive a replacement delivery. If the replacement delivery is also non-conforming to the prior contractual agreement, then the buyer has the right to demand the revocation of the contract.



Products which are the subject of complaint may be sent back only with Bachem's agreement and shipping arrangements for the return must be agreed upon by Bachem in advance.



Bachem’s liability is limited in each case to the value of the supplied goods.


6. Use and Liability

6.1 Bachem expressly draws attention to the fact that its products are intended for laboratory and research purposes only. Bachem therefore supplies such products only for the purposes of public research, experimental and teaching institutes, technical facilities and pertinent industrial units. Any exceptions (e.g. drug substances complying with GMP) are appropriately labeled.



Bachem expressly forbids the distribution of dangerous substances to private persons. Bachem also draws attention to the fact that the absence of a hazard warning sign does not indicate that the product concerned is harmless. Bachem shall therefore not accept any liability for damage that could arise from the inappropriate handling or from any use in household applications or in humans and animals. Bachem shall likewise not accept any liability for damage (to any property or person) that arises from any inappropriate handling or storage of the products.



If national or international laws or regulations are applicable to any shipment, including delivery, storage,processing or trading with certain products, then these shall be appropriately observed by the buyer.



All information contained in catalog, brochures, publications and other printed or electronic media is compiled to the best of Bachem's knowledge. Bachem hereby disclaims any liability for any possible errors or misprints.


7. Proprietary Rights / Property

7. 1

The products shall be supplied in each case under reservation of title.


7. 2

Until full payment of the purchase price, including all secondary claims, the supplied goods remain the property of Bachem. In the event of the supplied goods being used to create a new product, the proprietary rights remain with the vendor.


7. 3

If the buyer fails to meet his financial obligations in spite of late notices, Bachem reserves the right to withhold any further deliveries to the buyer and require the return of the unpaid goods at the buyer’s expense, unused and in the original packaging.


8. Terms of Payment


The terms of payment depend specifically on the country of delivery. Unless otherwise indicated by Bachem, Bachem's invoices are payable within 30 days from the invoice date without deduction. Overdue accounts are subject to a 1.25% monthly service charge (15% annual, or the highest possible rate, according to applicable law).



Discount deductions on invoices are not allowed. Reductions in Bachem’s invoices may not be made without a credit invoice or note and if made without a credit invoice or note, shall be considered a late or short payment.



In the case of a new business relationship or for other reasons, Bachem reserves the right to change the terms of payment to payment in full or in part in advance of shipment. Any use tax, sales tax, excise tax, duty, custom,inspection or testing fee, or any other tax, fee or charge of any nature whatsoever imposed by any governmental authority, on or measured by the transaction between seller and buyer shall be paid by buyer in addition to the prices quoted or invoiced.


9. Patent Claims, Protection Rights, Consultancy


With any purchase, the buyer acquires the product but no other rights associated with the product. In particular,Bachem remains in possession of all intellectual property rights related to the manufacturing and composition of the product.



The use of trademarks in offers does not provide for the use of such trademarks. Permission for such use must always be obtained from Bachem by the buyer in advance and in writing.



Bachem does not offer any guarantee that the use or resale of products which are delivered under the terms of these Conditions of Sale and Delivery will not violate the protection or patent rights of third parties in accordance with the national provisions of the buyer or the provisions of other countries with respect to the delivered productor its use in combination with other products or in any implementation of procedures.



Bachem agrees to offer its customers technical support to the best of its knowledge.

All proposals by the vendor for the use, application or suitability of the products shall not be interpreted as an explicit guarantee of success.



All APIs that are sold for development of drug products still patent protected are offered under Bolar

Exemption only. The following disclaimer applies: These products are offered and sold in small quantities only and solely for uses reasonably related to privileged trials and studies for obtaining marketing authorization required by law (Bolar Exemption). Bachem cannot be made liable for any infringement of intellectual property rights. It is the sole and only responsibility of the purchaser or user of these products to comply with the relevant national rules and regulations.


10. Data Protection


Data arising within the context of the contractual relations are kept on file.



The data shall be handled in conformity with the provisions of the local protection acts.


11. Applicable Laws, Domicile, and Venue


For companies within the Bachem Group which have their place of business in the US, California law shall be applicable and the venue for any legal dispute shall be Torrance, California. For companies within the Bachem Group which have their place of business in the UK, British law shall be applicable and the competent court shall be St. Helens, Merseyside, England. For companies within the Bachem Group which have their place of business in Germany, German law shall be applicable and the venue or any legal dispute shall be Lörrach, Germany. For companies within the Bachem Group which have their place of business in Switzerland, Swiss law shall beapplicable and the venue for any legal disputes shall be Liestal, Switzerland.



If a provision in these conditions of sale or a provision in the context of other agreements are or become legally unenforceable, only that provision shall become null and void and all remaining provisions shall remain enforceable and in effect.


Valid as of March 01, 2018


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