Ingredient Communication Initiative

What is the Ingredient Communication Initiative?

CSPA member companies, working with other industry trade organizations, have developed a voluntary consumer product ingredient communications initiative for four consumer product categories—air care products, automotive care products, cleaning products, and polishes and floor maintenance products. This is an industry-led initiative that will help consumers make more informed choices about the products they use in and around their homes.


Ingredient Communication Initiative

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I. Definitions

Air Care Product –  Chemically formulated consumer products designed to enhance or condition the indoor environment by eliminating unpleasant odors, freshening the air or removing airborne particles that are subject to regulation by the Consumer Product Safety Act (15 U.S.C. 2051-2084).

Automotive Product – Chemically formulated consumer products designed to maintain the appearance or operation of motor vehicles that are subject to regulation by the Consumer Product Safety Act (15 U.S.C. 2051-2084).

Cleaning Product Soaps, detergents and other chemically formulated consumer products designed for fabric care, dish and other ware washing and/or surface cleaning that are subject to regulation by the Consumer Product Safety Act (15 U.S.C. 2051-2084).

IngredientA constituent in an Air Care, Automotive, Cleaning, or Polishes and Floor Maintenance Product, not including incidental ingredients that have no technical or functional effect in the product.

Manufacturer The producer or generator of an Air Care, Automotive, Cleaning, or Polishes and Floor Maintenance Product that is sold or offered for sale.   Identification of the Manufacturer, for purposes of this program, will be determined by the following hierarchy:

  • a. When the name of the entity that manufactured the product held by the container is stated on the container label, then that entity will be considered the product Manufacturer.
  • b. When the container label does not state the entity that manufactured the product held by the container, but the container label does state the distributor of the container, then the distributor will be considered the Manufacturer.
  • c. When the container label does not state either the entity that manufactured the product held by the container or the distributor of the container, but the container label states the importer of the container, then the importer will be considered the Manufacturer.

Polishes and Floor Maintenance Product – Chemically formulated consumer products such as polishes, waxes, and restorers designed to polish, protect, or maintain furniture, floors, metal, leather, or other surfaces that are subject to regulation by the Consumer Product Safety Act (15 U.S.C. 2051-2084).


II. Ingredient Communication

a. Effective Date.  

  • i. Effective January 1, 2012 Manufacturers participating in the program will communicate Air Care, Automotive, Cleaning, and Polishes and Floor Maintenance Product Ingredients in accordance with the following provisions.
  • ii.  Notwithstanding Section II(a)(i), an Air Care, Automotive, Cleaning, or Polishes and Floor Maintenance Product that was manufactured before January 1, 2012 may be sold, supplied, or offered for sale after January 1, 2012 without complying with the following provisions, so long as the product container or package displays the date on which the product was manufactured, or a code indicating such date.

b. Nomenclature.

Ingredients for Air Care, Automotive, Cleaning, and Polishes and Floor Maintenance Products will be identified by:

  • i. The International Nomenclature Cosmetic Ingredient (INCI) name, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) name, Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) name, Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) Dictionary name, or the common chemical name.
  • ii. Dyes and colorants may be listed pursuant to Section II(b)(i) above or by trade name.
  • iii. All chemicals present as components of fragrances may be listed as “Fragrances,” but the Manufacturer must then refer to the availability of more detail elsewhere. Such detail may include, but is not limited to:

a.) a link to the list or a subset of the list of fragrance materials authored by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA); or
b.) a list disclosing the ingredients that the Manufacturer uses in its fragrances.

  • iv. Chemical function and/or chemical class descriptors may be used as an alternative to INCI, IUPAC, CAS, CSPA, or common chemical names where needed for protection ofconfidential business information.

c. Media.

Manufacturers will select one or more of the following media for identifying ingredients pursuant to Sections II(b)(i) – (ii) above:

  • i.product label;
  • ii.Manufacturer’s website;
  • iii.Manufacturer’s toll free number; or  
  • iv.other non-electronic means.

If disclosure does not occur on the product label, the Manufacturer must provide on the label a website address or toll-free number.

d. Listing of Ingredients.

Ingredients present at a concentration of greater than one percent will be listed in descending order by predominance.  Ingredients present at a concentration of not more than one percent will be listed but may be disclosed without respect to order of predominance.

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