CSPA RELEASES 5TH EDITION
CLEANING PRODUCTS COMPENDIUM
• The Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) re-
cently debuted the 5th Edition Cleaning Products Compendium.
The report, which features 11 individual test methods created
through scientific collaboration and interlaboratory testing,
gives formulators seeking to develop cleaning products and/or
test product efficacy a reference tool for standardized processes
recognized by the household products industry, according to
CSPA. The Compendium supports an ongoing effort to provide
consistent and industry supported scientific test methods used
in developing consumer cleaning products.
For the 5th edition, eight of the 11 available test methods have been updated and can be obtained as a complete
group, or individually. Six of the Compendium’s updated test
methods are currently recognized by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency’s (EPA) Design for the Environment (DfE)
program as an acceptable standard for the development of
safer cleaning products.
“As new cleaning products emerge, the Compendium will
continue to serve as a key resource offering consistent testing methodologies and an up-to-date compilation of peer
reviewed research,” said Timothy A. Brown, CSPA regulatory
counsel and cleaning products division staff executive.
In addition to the available test methods, the complete
Compendium also contains informative white papers, a comprehensive listing of North American independent contract
laboratories, as well as other related resources.
The Compendium is evaluated and updated every five
years, or sometimes sooner depending on need. Work on the
Compendium is conducted by members of CSPA’s Cleaning
Products Division in conjunction with the Scientific Affairs
Committee. Test methods are selected for inclusion in the
Compendium pending a committee approval.
More info: www.cspa.org
New PwC Study Projects 12% Growth
For Personal Care Industry in China
• The Personal Care Products Council released a new
study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on the economic and
social impacts of the personal care products industry in China.
The study found the industry makes important contributions
in the areas of research and development, employment of
women, environmental sustainability, charitable contribution,
and international trade.
Based on 2008 data, the study found that the industry
was directly or indirectly responsible for the employment of
more than 2.5 million Chinese workers, accounting for 53 billion RMB ($8.4 billion) in labor income and contributing 164
billion RMB ($26 billion) to the gross domestic product (GDP).
PwC has projected an annual growth rate of 12% for the industry through 2020.
Lezlee Westine, president and CEO of the Personal Care
Products Council (PCPC), was in Beijing to share the study.
“China is an essential marketplace for the global cosmetics industry,” Westine said. “Chinese families use products every day
in their beauty and grooming routines, and demand the highest quality. The manufacture and distribution of personal care
products is an increasingly important sector of the Chinese
economy, and the industry offers new opportunities for women, who represent 80% of the industry’s workforce.”
More info: www.Cosmeticsinfo.org
Another Candle Recall
At Christmas Tree Shops
• The US Consumer Product Safety Commission, in coop-
eration with Nantucket Distributing Co., Inc. and Christmas
Tree Shops, announced a voluntary recall of approximately
6,200 Farm Glass & Metal Spiral Tea Light Holders. Due to the
design of the product, the tea lights can burn with a high flame,
posing a fire hazard to consumers. Christmas Tree Shops has
received one report of a tea light burning with a high flame
that resulted in a burn to a consumer’s hand.
This recall involves a decorative spiral tea light holder made
from painted glass with a red, orange, and green floral design.
The glass has a metal insert for holding tea lights. The metal
insert is spiral shaped with places for three tea lights. The metal
insert is placed within the glass container. SKU/UPC number
000015931955 is found on a label on the bottom of the glass. The
products were sold at Christmas Tree Shops in the Northeast,
Mid-Atlantic and Midwest from July 2011 through March 2012
for about $5, and were manufactured in China.
The company also recalled holiday-themed tea light candle
warmers and hurricane style lights in February 2012.
More info: www.christmastreeshops.com
Zhang Wins CSPA Scholarship
• In a continuation of its commitment to assist high school
scholars reach their academic pursuits, the Consumer Specialty
Products Association (CSPA) selected student Yuning Zhang
from Guilford, Conn., as the 24th recipient of the Murray
Glauberman Memorial Scholarship Award. Since the scholarship program began in 1988, CSPA has awarded a total of
$192,000 to be used toward the pursuit of a college degree and
selected 24 students nationwide to receive the honor.
More info: www.cspa.org •