WASHINGTON, DC – The Consumer Specialty Products Association awarded its Charles E. Allderdice, Jr., Memorial Award posthumously to D. Douglas Fratz, at its annual meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on December 5, 2016. The award is given annually to an industry leader who has made outstanding contributions to the consumer specialty products industry.
Fratz, 63, was the leading scientist and longest-serving employee at CSPA, where for 36 years, he managed corporate advocacy efforts with government regulators and non-governmental organizations on aerosol and air quality issues. He died suddenly on September 27 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, MD.
Chris Cathcart, President and CEO of CSPA, said Fratz’s ability to distill critical information on policies affecting consumer products was unsurpassed. “We could always count on Doug to quickly analyze policy proposals and to lead the aerosol industry forward,” he said. “He was respected by aerosol industry leaders worldwide for his deep knowledge of issues and he was admired by everyone for his generosity of spirit.”
Fratz joined CSPA in 1980 as associate director of scientific affairs. Most recently, as the association’s senior science fellow, he managed the work of hundreds of technical representatives serving on a dozen committees and task groups focused on safety, health and environmental issues related to aerosols. In 2009, he began a project to catalog all the chemicals used in consumer and institutional products. That list eventually became the Consumer Product Ingredients Dictionary, now in its third edition and used as a reference in laboratories worldwide.
The Allderdice Award is named for a former president of the CSPA. For 34 years, members have honored an individual with the award who has demonstrated exemplary commitment and service to the industry and to the association.