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May 18, 2011

Trade groups amend their Consumer Product Ingredient Communication Initiative.

The Consumer Specialty Products Association, Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association and American Cleaning Institute have amended their Consumer Product Ingredient Communication Initiative, which initially took effect in January 2010. The update provides increased transparency under one of the most comprehensive ingredient communication consumer product programs in North America.

Under the Initiative, companies are voluntarily sharing with consumers more information than ever about the ingredients in their products (air care products, automotive care products, cleaning products, and polishes and floor maintenance products).

The Initiative requires that all ingredients, except incidental ingredients that have no technical or functional effect in the product, are either listed on the product label; on the manufacturers’, distributors’, or importers’ website; through a toll-free telephone number; and/or through some other non-electronic means.

The three associations have amended the program to include the following, which become effective Jan. 1, 2012:
  • Additional detail on fragrances will be provided, such as a link to the International Fragrance Association list or company-specific list of fragrance ingredients.
  • Preservative ingredients will be listed using one of five accepted naming systems.
  • Dyes and colorants will be listed by the trade name or chemical-specific name using one of the five accepted naming systems.
  • If a company chooses to provide ingredient information on a website or through a toll-free phone number, the website or number must be listed on the product label.
  • The CSPA Dictionary is included as an additional option for naming ingredients.
These amendments further demonstrate the industry’s commitment to providing consumers with information about product ingredients, according to the groups.

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