A new year always offers an opportunity to evaluate where you’ve been and where you’re headed. During the past year, CSPA was able to celebrate successes, while recognizing the work yet to be done, according to its president, Chris Cathcart.
“Our roots are planted in building partnerships and collaborating with government and non-government stakeholders to find the right solutions to challenging public policy issues that help protect consumers, the environment, our members and our industry,” he said.
With 25 new members, the past year’s accomplishments are now recorded in CSPA’s 2012 Annual Report “Fostering Innovation.”
“We are preparing for more opportunities to dialogue with other organizations as we enter 2013. Our approach will remain consistent in building partnerships and working collaboratively with others. For example, on the regulatory front, we believe we’ll see more actions and oversight on a number of issues at the federal and state levels,” said Cathcart.
According to Cathcart, top priorities are air quality issues, ingredient disclosure, green chemistry, chemical management issues (including Toxic Substance Control Act reform); and implementation of the Pesticide Registration Improvement Extension Act. Other key priorities include: working with EPA to finalize criteria for the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, 25 (b) rulemaking; helping to resolve regulatory barriers to aerosol recycling and materials recovery; working with EPA on the Endocrine Disrupters Screening Program; re-branding of EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) Program; expansion of the DfE Safer Chemical Ingredients List; monitoring antimicrobial and pesticide registration issues; and implementation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration—Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling Rule.
“As we approach our centennial mark in 2014, it is also appropriate to reflect on the past 100 years and celebrate nearly a century of success as an organization of member companies with common interests. This year and the next will hold special meaning as we embark on opportunities to reflect and celebrate,” he said. “While we cannot be sure what 2013 will bring for us, we will continue to draw on the legacy of our rich past and use those experiences to help us find the right solutions to the challenges and opportunities we will face this year and our next centennial.”
Also, save the date for the CSPA 2013 Mid-Year Meeting, May 7-10 in Chicago.
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