•The Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA), the
Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association (CCSPA)
and the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) support the release of
the joint Canada-United States announcement on the Regulatory
Cooperation Council’s (RCC) Joint Forward Plan.
In 2011, Prime Minister Harper and President Obama announced the RCC and its first Action Plan with 29 specific regulatory issues for resolution. According to a statement from the
associations, it is a modern regulation that will be aligned with
the US Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).
By moving forward in a coordinated fashion with the US OSHA,
worker protection will be strengthened and costs to industry will
The Joint Forward Plan builds on this momentum and will
look at sharing resources and scientific assessments with respect
to chemical management. Canada has a world leading chemical
management program and by utilizing expertise on both sides
of the border—industry and consumers all benefit. All three associations are committed to working with regulators on this important initiative.
“The Action Plans set the tone for effective cooperation that
will enable our industry to focus on streamlining government
processes in a coordinated fashion. For CCSPA and our member
companies, this is a positive step forward for consumer products
that are manufactured in Canada and sold in the North American
marketplace,” said Shannon Coombs, president, CCSPA.
CSPA president and CEO Chris Cathcart commented,“We are
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confident that our industry’s ability to compete in North America
will be enhanced by the collaboration on these plans.”
“These initiatives make a lot of sense, for industry and con-
sumers,” said Ernie Rosenberg, ACI president and CEO. “Our
industry looks forward to the coordinated approach on chemical
ACI Presents to NDAC
•An advisory committee to the Food and Drug
Administration was told that unreasonable FDA restrictions on
healthcare use of safe and effective antibacterial ingredients could
jeopardize the safety of patients and healthcare workers alike.
In a presentation to FDA’s Nonprescription Drugs Advisory
Committee (NDAC) organized by the American Cleaning
Institute (ACI), health professionals and industry safety experts
said that active ingredients used in antibacterial hygiene products
“clearly save lives”and are recognized as the“standard of care”for
reducing healthcare infections.
“A robust body of research supports the safety of active in-
gredients used in healthcare antiseptic products,” wrote ACI in
comments submitted to the NDAC panel. “Any
suggestion that the benefit or risk of these prod-
ucts is in question, especially by FDA, could
lead to unintended adverse consequences if us-
age patterns were to change in the healthcare
FDA is slated to propose a new set of rules
governing antibacterial healthcare hygiene
products in 2015.
Previous public announcements made by
FDA, questioning the safety and efficacy of key
antibacterial ingredients, have failed to acknowl-
edge the full database of studies and research
supporting the ingredients’ benefits and safety
“Healthcare providers need to have a full
range of antibacterial actives at their disposal to
best meet their infection control needs,” said ACI
associate vice president, environmental safety
Dr. Paul DeLeo. “Any effort by FDA that would
impede availability of these important ingredi-
ents would put patients and healthcare person-
nel at risk.”•
IndustRy suppORts RegulatORy
COOpeRatIOn COunCIl’s plan
• Worldwide cleaning industry association ISSA appointed its 2015 board of direc-
tors. the elections for open positions on the board closed aug. 7, 2014.
led by incoming Issa president alan tomblin of procter & gamble professional, the
following individuals were elected to the new board:
In addition to tomblin, returning from the 2014 board to serve in the following positions
on the 2015 board are:
Fritz gast, pB gast & sons/allied eagle supply (past president/international direc-
tor); John Barrett, eurest services (treasurer); John swigart, spartan Chemical Co., Inc.
(secretary); paul goldin, avmor ltd. (director Canada); Craig Miller, apex (manufacturer
representatives’ director); Mark Warner, americhem International, Inc. (distributor director
north); Mercer stanfield, Brame specialty Co., Inc. (distributor director south); Matt Wood,
proteam, Inc. (manufacturer director); steve lewis, golden star Inc. (manufacturer direc-
tor); Mauricio Chico Cañedo, distribuidora lava tap, s.a. de C.V. (latin america council
chair); andrew dunning, numatic International ltd. (europe council chair).
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ISSA NAMES 2015 BOARD, P&G PROFESSIONAL’S
TOMBLIN IS PRESIDENT