Category: CSPA In The News

Media Outlet: EPA Connect
Author: Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

Jim Jones recently posted an updated blog, “applauding Walmart for taking this monumental step, and for their leadership, commitment to sustainability and transparency, and their significant contribution to helping protect human and environmental health through safer chemicals and products.”

From the article:

The new policy stipulates:

  • For Transparency, Walmart will require online ingredient disclosure at the product level. They also recommend the guidelines of the DfE Program and Consumer Specialty Product Association for meeting online ingredient disclosure expectations and urge manufacturers to go even further by, for example, including specific fragrance ingredients and known impurities. The deadline for online ingredient disclosure is January 2015.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 4, 2014) – A diverse coalition of manufacturing associations today unveiled a set of principles that will help establish a meaningful, effective program for assessing chemicals in consumer products and identifying possible alternatives.  If done right, alternative assessments can help policymakers and manufacturers make more informed decisions about the health and environmental impacts of some products, and guide the development of new and improved products for the marketplace.

Many consumer product-makers apply alternatives assessments during the research and development phase. The principles released today reflect some of the best practices manufacturers recommend for establishing an alternatives program that will improve public health and the environment without stifling innovation. For example, an alternatives assessment should be driven by consideration of a chemical’s hazard properties and the chemical’s intended uses, expected exposures, and the impact of its uses in products and processes throughout the value chain.

“Alternative assessments should lead to the development of new, commercially feasible products that boast improved safety and environmental profiles without sacrificing on performance for consumers,” the Coalition said.   “If the development of an alternative assessment program is warranted, we believe our principles will provide policymakers and other manufacturers with the information they need to create flexible, yet effective alternative assessment programs that stimulate innovation while improving the safety, performance or value of industry products.”

The coalition’s complete alternative assessment principles can be found here.

The supporting organizations include the American Coatings Association, American Chemistry Council, American Cleaning Institute, Consumer Specialty Products Association, Grocery Manufacturers Association, International Fragrance Association North America, Personal Care Products Council, and the Toy Industry Association.

Media Contacts:

Brian Sansoni
American Cleaning Institute
(202) 662-2517

Scott Jensen
American Chemistry Council
(202) 249-6511

Brian Kennedy
Grocery Manufacturers Association
(202) 639-5994

Erin Donovan
Consumer Specialty Products Association

Stacy Leistner
Toy Industry Association

Hayley McConnell
Personal Care Products Council

Media Outlet: N.Y. Times
Author: Deborah Blum

The New York Times featured an article on the work from the US Humane Society and CSPA on antifreeze and preventing poisoning.

From the article: Seventeen states already require manufacturers to add so-called bittering agents to ethylene glycol products. The Consumer Specialty Products Association, which represents the key manufacturers, voluntarily has agreed to require members to add these agents to all consumer products containing the compound sold nationwide. The first batches of unpalatable antifreeze started hitting store shelves last year; this year customers can buy only the bitter versions.

The action came about in part because of a surprisingly warm relationship between the Humane Society and the CSPA. Both groups had earlier worked together to propose federal legislation requiring bittering agents in antifreeze. But after repeated failures, they realized that an industry agreement was a more likely resolution.

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Media Outlet: Spray Technology & Marketing
Author: Ava Caridad

The August issue of Spray Technology & Marketing magazine features a recap of CSPA’s 2013 Mid-Year Meeting (pp. 18-19).  The article covers the the many interesting sessions and B2B meetings that took place this past May in Chicago.

From the article: The Consumer Specialty Products Association’s (CSPA) 2013 Mid-Year Meeting was held May 7-10 in Chicago, IL. The theme was The Evolving Marketplace. The General Session featured remarks from CSPA Chairman Bob Scharf, Sergeant’s Pet Care Products, and an association update from CSPA President & CEO Chris Cathcart.”

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Media Outlet: Daily Environment Report (BNA)
Author: Patrick Ambrosio

BNA covers the EPA’s announcement that the agency is expanding its Safer Chemical Ingredients List to include 142 additional chemicals used for fragrance in commercial and consumer cleaning products. CSPA provided comment on the news.

From the article: “The Consumer Specialty Products Association, a trade association representing manufacturers of household and institutional cleaning and pest management products, told BNA in a July 24 email that the addition of fragrances and other chemicals to the safer chemicals list will “increase the utility” of the DfE program. “The additions to the DfE Safer Chemicals Ingredient List are further steps toward increasing the immediacy and accessibility of chemicals that have passed the DfE criteria and been approved by the program,” CSPA said.”

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Media Outlet: Chemical Watch
Author: Elizabeth Grossman

Chemical Watch reports on the US Senate’s confirmation of new EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. CSPA comments on the confirmation.

From the article: “The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (Socma) praised Ms McCarthy’s previous success in ‘working with business and industry leaders in a constructive, bipartisan manner,’ while the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) said it looked forward to working with her on issues that include the ‘modernisation of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).’”

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Media Outlet: Daily Environment Report (BNA)
Author: Patrick Ambrosio

In this article the reporter covers the pending EPA launch of a voluntary program allowing registrants of insect repellents to add a graphic on the public health protectiveness of their products. CSPA’s Assistant General Counsel and Vice President of International Affairs Beth Law is quoted.

From the article:Beth Law, assistant general counsel and vice president for international affairs at the Consumer Specialty Products Association and a member of the PPDC, said that while the repellency awareness program has “a commendable goal,” the industry has some concerns. CSPA represents companies that manufacture and sell various types of consumer products, including home pest management products. Law mentioned that CSPA has discussed the program with EPA in the past and raised concerns with the data-testing method and the numerous variables that can alter the amount of time an insect repellent can be effective. She said the association is willing to continue to provide input to improve the repellency program before it is launched.”

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Media Outlet: Spray Technology & Marketing
Author: Ava Caridad

In its July 2013 issue, industry publication Spray Technology & Marketing magazine reports on the introduction of a new bipartisan TSCA reform bill and industry’s reaction. CSPA’s President and CEO Chris Cathcart is quoted in the article.

From the article: The Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) also supported the measure. ‘By joining forces with Senator Lautenberg to introduce a bipartisan TSCA bill, Senator Vitter and other members of the U.S. Senate have taken a vital step toward developing a stronger, more effective chemical regulatory program in the U.S. that provides meaningful reform and protects American consumers,’ said CSPA President & CEO Chris Cathcart.”

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Media Outlet: Perfumer & Flavorist
Author: Abby Penning

The July 2013 issue of Perfumer & Flavorist magazine features CSPA’s Mid-Year Meeting Air Care Products Division program – “Three Things Your Business Must Know about Home Fragrance Products.” The article discusses scent and perception, the power of scent, as well as the regulatory and legal environment.

From the article: “At the Consumer Specialty Products Association’s 2013 Mid-Year Meeting, which took place May 7-10, 2013, in Chicago, several program tracks discussed how to help create better home care products for consumers, including one specifically addressing fragrance in home care. ”

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Media Outlet: HAPPI Magazine
Author: Tom Branna

As a featured article in its June 2013 issue, Household and Personal Products Industry (HAPPI) magazine recaps CSPA’s recent Mid-Year Meeting that took place in Chicago. From the awards, to the speakers, programs and sessions, the article captures the highlights from the meeting.

From the article: “ Darwinism is alive and well in the global marketplace. Companies and industries must evolve to meet and even anticipate consumers’ needs or they will fail. ‘The Evolving Marketplace,’ was the theme of the Consumer Specialty Products Association’s (CSPA) Mid-Year Meeting in Chicago last month that attracted nearly 500 industry executives.”

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