NRF agreed to invite HCPA and PCPC to deliver a presentation on retail engagement at the next quarterly meeting of the NRF’s Product Safety Committee. NRF also expressed a willingness to host an informal gathering of retailers and product manufacturers to further an interactive dialogue between the two parties. HCPA and PCPC are working to develop a draft agenda for this meeting.
Additionally, Jim Jones, executive vice president, strategic alliances and industry relations, HCPA, is coordinating a group of allied trade associations (American Cleaning Institute, Consumer Healthcare Products Association, Council for Responsible Nutrition, Grocery Manufacturers Association, and Personal Care Products Council) to share information related to retail engagement as well as the UL Advisory Council.
In other news, last month, members of the HCPA Antimicrobial Division hosted EPA’s acting antimicrobial deputy director Anita Pease, division director Wynne Miller and members of their staffs to a working meeting on EPA’s Antimicrobial Testing Program (ATP) and provided four potential concepts aimed at improving the program.
The models included a revision of the traditional testing model as well as other unique concepts in order to provide a risk-based strategy to assure effectiveness of hospital sterilants, tuberculocides and disinfectants. After receiving initial feedback from the agency, antimicrobial division members will be planning a follow-up meeting and assisting EPA as it considers changes to this program.