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Transitions Make for an Interesting Mid-Year Meeting

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The only constant at the Consumer Specialty Products Association 2017 Mid-Year Meeting, Transition 2017: A Year of Disruption, was change. Nearly 400 members and partners from government, other trade associations and industry welcomed the association’s new President and CEO Steve Caldeira and spent three intensely busy days working on solutions to the challenges associated with legislative and regulatory change under the new Presidential Administration. Hallway talk was serious and committee meetings were long. It was a Mid-Year Meeting where members with divergent interests worked extremely hard to reach consensus on ingredient communication issues that could profoundly impact their bottom lines.

“During the three years that I have served as your Board Chair and a dozen more years in various other CSPA leadership positions, this organization has often faced change,” said Board President William Auriemma in his general session address. “But in its 102-year history, I believe that CSPA has never been better positioned to benefit from the changes affecting us now.” He cited the association’s new leadership, its continued diverse membership and its willingness to collaborate with many partners as the bedrock for CSPA’s continued success.

In his inaugural state of the association address, CSPA President and CEO Steve Caldeira discussed the association’s commitment to work collaboratively on increased ingredient disclosure, its ongoing implementation of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act and how members are preparing for change under a new Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. He also shared insights from his Listening Tour with members to nine cities in eight states and to Ottawa, Canada.

“I’ve met with or talked to over two dozen member companies in personal meetings, phone calls or at trade association events and attended 12 conferences or high-level meetings with key stakeholders including a meeting with the new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt,” Caldeira said. “And in every case, you told me that you greatly appreciate the value that this association provides.” He went on to outline areas for growth.

  • Our members want to see a trade association nimble enough to adapt to a new and unpredictable political landscape in DC, which will most assuredly drive increased activity at the state and local levels;
  • Our members want to see increased state government relations support;
  • Our members want to see a more proactive and consistent effort around retail engagement;
  • Our members agree that CSPA needs to enrich its public-facing, science-based communications;
  • Our members also agree that the association needs a refreshed brand, name, logo and tagline to better reflect who we are and what we do so that we can better promote the increasingly positive role we play in the consumer, industrial and institutional marketplace;
  • Our members believe that we need a vibrant and robust social media and digital communications strategy to push our messages out to key stakeholders and the media;
  • Our members also agree that we need new and factual economic data that speaks to the number of direct and indirect jobs we create, the percent of GDP and economic output that we contribute to the U.S. economy, in the states and at the congressional district Level, so we can better tell our story to the media and other key constituencies;
  • Lastly and most importantly, you would like to see the association playing on a bigger field in Washington and in state capitols by providing more access to key decision makers.

Caldeira also thanked outgoing Executive Vice President Phil Klein for 29 years of advocacy leadership at CSPA. Bill Auriemma co-chaired a cocktail reception in Phil’s honor on Tuesday evening. Photos from the reception and the entire Mid-Year Meeting are available here.

Here’s a top-line look at business meetings during Transition 2017: A Year of Disruption. For presentations of the division and committee meetings, click here.

The Aerosol Products Division released its 66th annual Consumer Specialty Association’s Aerosol Pressurized Products Survey.  CSPA continues to get excellent participation in this survey from the aerosol industry, which makes it a reliable source of industry information. View full story.

The Aerosol Products Division also focused on the future for the industry.  Topics included the benefits of life cycle analysis, a global regulatory update on hydrofluorocarbons and how current and future changes affect the aerosol industry, and using digital public relations to drive e-commerce sales in both the business to business and business to consumer world.

The Air Care Products Division presented a program focusing on the need to protect intellectual property when providing information to consumers about the fragrance ingredients used in scented products.  James C. Romine, Ph.D., President, Research Institute for Fragrance Materials, Inc. (RIFM), discussed RIFM’s extensive safety assessment process to support the safe use of fragrance materials in consumer products.  Farah K. Ahmed, President and CEO, International Fragrance Association North America (IFRANA), discussed IFRANA’s consumer communication initiative to increase consumer appreciation of fragrance, knowledge and trust in the industry’s safety program, and understanding the importance of protecting fragrance houses’ intellectual property.  Sanya Sukduang, partner in the law firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, discussed recent changes in the trade secret law and the procedures and policies companies should implement to protect their valuable trade secrets and confidential business information.  Division members commented that the three guest speakers’ presentations were relevant to issues related to the pending California ingredient communication legislation and the proposed New York ingredient disclosure regulation.

The Cleaning Products Division held a program centered on “Green Initiatives in the Current Administration”. Specifically, Steve Ashkin, President of The Ashkin Group provided members with a detailed green cleaning timeline and discussed the various green initiatives that are currently in place within the industry as well as how things may possibly change during the current Administration. Following him was Barry Giles, CEO of BREEAM USA who gave an overview of the green building certifications BREEAM conducts globally as well as how investigating building construction materials and methods are used to consider the performance of materials in the built environment. Lastly Mark Rossi, Executive Director of Clean Production Action, concluded the program with an overview of the role transparency plays within governments and how that ultimately affects a variety of purchasers and investors. Rossi also discussed how safer alternatives have played a role in the regulatory arena and how it has impacted green initiatives worldwide.

The Polishes and Floor Maintenance Division had an engaging meeting delving into the technical aspects of the expansion of existing test methods for concrete floors, concerns and improvements to the James Machine testing methods and concerns associated with a recent article entitled “The Standards of Code in Floor Care.”  There was also discussion of possibilities to provide training on floor care and polishes.  The division program held a very stimulating discussion entitled “Slip Not? Recent Developments in Preventing Slip and Fall Accidents” with presenters John Brault, President, Semper Scientific, and Wen-Ruey Chang, Owner, WR Falls Prevention, LLC.  The division program at the annual meeting in December will focus on new innovations in floor care and maintenance.

The Pest Management Division received a briefing by Michael Goodis, Director, Registration Division, U.S. EPA, on efficacy guidelines development, first aid statement update, enhanced labeling for water-soluble packaging, Zika-related actions, possible impacts of TSCA evaluation (first 10 high priority chemicals) on FIFRA-approved inerts, and an update on the Pet Product AE Pilot Program.  In addition, Garland Waleko, Chemical Review Manager, PRD-OPP, and Kaitlin Keller, Environmental Protection Specialist, FEAD-OPP, updated attendees on the “US EPA OPP Initiative to Modernize the Acute 6-Pack.” The division program covered the Office of Pesticide Program’s electronic submissions initiatives, including using SmartLabel, submitting the registration application through an electronic portal, and completing the e-CSF (electronic Confidential Statement of Formula).

The Air Quality Committee continues to work with ally trade association International Fragrance Association North America requesting changes to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) “Guidance Pertaining to the Two Percent Fragrance Exemption and Specified Monoterpenes.”  CARB is reviewing the industry request.  CSPA and IFRANA will schedule a meeting with task force members and CARB staff as necessary.  CSPA continues to engage with CARB on issues related to past the future state implementation program development and low vapor pressure/volatile organic compounds.

The Federal Government Affairs Advisory Committee co-chairs Victoria Jones (The Clorox Company) and Hal Ambuter (RB) moderated a panel discussion to update members on our high priority issues.  Wendy Cleland-Hamnett, Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), discussed EPA’s priorities for implementing provisions of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act.  Mae Wu, Attorney, Health and Environment Program, Natural Resources Defense Council and Phil Klein, CSPA, discussed recent Congressional action on the Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act of 2017 (PRIA 4).  Clive Davies, Chief, Safer Choice Program, U.S. EPA and Jennifer McPartland, Ph.D., Health Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund, discussed the EPA’s Safer Choice Program.  Judith Monroe, M.D., President and CEO, The CDC Foundation, discussed ongoing actions to combat the Zika Virus.  Dr. Monroe expressed the CDC Foundation’s appreciation for the CSPA member companies’ that donated products to support the Foundation’s recent Zika emergency response efforts.

The State Government Affairs Advisory Committee Prop 65 panel, facilitated by Hal Ambuter with RB, offered legal and regulatory perspectives on complying with California’s premier right-to-know law.  Trent Norris with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP provided information about current litigation on controversial chemical listings.

Artie Lawyer with TSG provided an overview of the complex listing processes and engaging with the implementing agency, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, on the listing processes.  Cher Sanchez with 3M offered insights on manufacturers’ compliance challenges focused on complying with the new safe harbor warnings.  In addition, CSPA staff Kristin Power and Pete Vujovich provided an overview of CSPA advocacy actions related to ingredient communication by state legislatures and regulatory agencies.

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