During the event, international cleaning product associations will highlight
the industry’s efforts in the areas of
chemical management, product stewardship and other sustainability activities and programs.
Mr. Rosenberg also gave a presentation on behalf of Shannon Coombs, president of the Canadian Consumer
Specialty Products Association
(CCSPA), who was unable to attend the
Mr. Rosenberg lauded Canada’s efforts
by stating “Canada is leading the world
in chemical management.”
In fact, he insisted that the Canadian
program made the U.S.-Canada-Mexico
Montebello/SPP program possible.
Within that program, the U.S. component is the Chemical Assessment and
Management Program (ChAMP).
Canada’s Chemicals Management
Plan has reviewed 23,000 existing substances and found that approximately
4000 substances need further screening
assessment. Approximately 500 of them
were listed as priorities and 197 are
being pursued as “high” priorities.
“There are chemicals in this batch
that affect us, especially in personal
care,” asserted Mr. Rosenberg.
Regarding other issues, regulations
for volatile organic compounds were to
be proposed by the end of the first quarter. In the meantime, CCSPA is working
to ensure that Canadian VOC regulation is in harmony with U.S. EPA. Also,
Canada’s Hazardous Products Act is
being revised due to the pressures of
recalls on imported consumer products.
The Canadian Consumer Product
Safety Act will contain regulations for
consumer product labeling.
In urging attendees to join CCSPA,
Mr. Rosenberg noted that Canada has a
huge impact on the U.S. and the global-ization of chemical management.
“Lobbying in Ottawa can’t be done by
Americans,” he observed.
What’s New in Europe?
Following Mr. Rosenberg’s remarks,
attention turned toward Europe, as
attendees heard from Sylvie Lemoine,
director of technical and regulatory
affairs at AISE, the international
Association for Soaps, Detergents and
Maintenance Products, which is the
SDA Adds Two to Board
THE SOAP AND DETERGEN T
Association elected two new
members to its board during the
annual meeting: William Littlefield,
executive vice president and general
manager of branded products, The
Sun Products Corporation, and
Janice Mabe, vice president, intermediates Americas, Huntsman Corp.
Mr. Littlefield’s and Ms. Mabe’s
appointments followed the election
of two other top executives to the
SDA Board, who became directors
last year: Dr. Larry Berger, senior
vice president and chief technical
officer, Ecolab Inc. and Noel Wallace,
president, Colgate U.S., Colgate-Palmolive Company.
Also at its annual meeting, the
board voted on the following slate of
SDA officers for 2009. Board Chair:
Frank Sherman, president and general manager, surfactants, Akzo
Nobel; Board Vice Chair: Jane
Hutterly, executive vice president,
worldwide corporate & environmental affairs, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.;
SDA President: Ernie Rosenberg,
SDA president & CEO; SDA
Treasurer: Larry Peiros, COO, North
America, The Clorox Company and
Corporate Secretary: Michelle
Radecki, SDA general counsel.
official industry representative in
The group is developing sustainability
profiles that, when completed, will provide environmental safety parameters
that are based on risk assessment principles. At the same time, the group is
leading six laundry sustainability projects with the aim to promote compaction of household laundry detergents.
Other AISE developments include the
recent launch of www.cleanright.com, a
website that aims to become the reference point for European consumers on
household cleaning and maintenance
Ms. Lemoine also explained to the
audience that the EU’s Ecodesign program, with its recently amended directive that extends the scope from “
ener-gy-using” products to “energy-related”
products, could impact the cleaning
industry by 2012. She warned too, that
the EU’s Ecolabel program, a voluntary
initiative designed to encourage green
products, lacks a full life-cycle dimension, relies on hazard-based criteria and
is out of date relative to technological
advances. To effectively confront the
Ecolabel initiative, Ms. Lemoine said
AISE needs to remain proactive and
credible with its own initiatives.
Although REACH pre-registration
was completed in December, Ms.
Lemoine noted that “significant uncertainties” remain regarding registration
scope and exemption; i.e., ionic mixtures. Other stumbling blocks include a
lack of guidance documents and diverging interpretations among member
Elsewhere, although there are no EU
regulations on phosphates, there are
scattered and increasingly stringent
restrictions at the national level. For its
part, AISE favors EU regulation on
household laundry products, but wants
to keep options open to use phosphates
in ADW and I&I applications.
News from Japan
Shigeo Ishii of the Japanese Soap and
Detergent Association (JSDA) brought
attendees up-to-date on the issues confronting JSDA. One of its key activities
last year was the voluntary effort to
reduce plastic use per unit volume by
30% (vs. 1995) by 2010. Initial results
from 2007 reduced the total amount of
plastic used by 11.7% and the use per
unit volume by 31.8%.
Also last year, JSDA developed GHS
guidance documents for classification
and labeling and is currently considering environmental endpoints. At the
same time, the Association is closely
monitoring changes to the Pollutant
Release, Transfer and Register system
as class 1 and 2 lists have changed, but
no amendments have been issued.
An Update on Fragrance
Ladd Smith, president of the Research
Institute for Fragrance Materials
(RIFM), provided an overview of current activities in the fragrance sector
and raised several interesting questions
regarding fragrance usage. For example
how common is fragrance allergy in the