It is not my main job, but as way to increase my knowledge in a different field, when I was asked by a close friend to assist him in his business of selling consumers products (he promised me some money under the table as well, but for me the important factor to accept was the experience to be gained).
Although for me it was difficult to adjust in this new field and develop the methodology to work, I initially managed to check his suggested new products as regards safety for the general public. The concept of my work was that my friend is to prepare a recipe and myself to check for its safety for use from the general public.
My friend did not want to wait for me to finish all the required documents in order for him to release the new products to the market, and so he released the products (it is illegal as my documents are supposed to submitted to a specific poison centre before any release and all safety documents need to be ready before release) without asking my opinion.
When I tried to finish all the work, I understood (unfortunately I picked it up late in the last phase when I was scrutinizing the work to be submitted) that some of his recipes had a similar component repeated under different trade names and produced using different methods and raw materials of production (but it is registered under the same number). Under the rules (actual legislation) that I am supposed to follow, that component is the same and in the particular case is in excess (as is repeated under different names), and the product is not supposed to be released as is (it would require a different label and other type of registrations).
I suggested to my friend to change the recipe, I even suggested him other raw materials and “mixology”, but he told me it is too late as they are released. He seems reluctant to address the problem this week.
Probably I will be asked to submit the documents with manipulated data that would render the products safe as is. I am inclined to deny and stop all relevant work, as it seems unprofessional for me to prepare documents for products that eventually could harm people because of wrong labeling.
How would you suggest to handle the professional relationship with my friend?