ACI CEO Comments on Packaging and Chemical Issues for the Coming Months

According to Melissa Hockstad, president and CEO of the American Cleaning Institute, the cleaning product supply chain will face increased legislative and regulatory activity at the state level in the second half of 2022, which could affect the problems of use and disposal of chemical ingredients, packaging and cleaning products.

During the state of the association speech at the ICA mid-year meeting, Hockstad mentioned California, New York, Washington and Vermont as states that were among the “hot spots.” of CREA’s government affairs team so far this year.

“We’re seeing more action than ever before on packaging and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policies,” Hockstad says. “Our state government affairs team has been at the forefront with state lawmakers to ensure they understand the impact of their proposals on cleaning product manufacturers.”

In Washington state, which enacted a law last year that partially addresses recycled content in cleaning product packaging, Brennan Georgianni, CREA’s director of government affairs, has been selected to serve on the board. an advisory committee to help the Ministry of Ecology establish rules regarding fees. , registration and exemptions, among others.

At the federal level, the AIT will focus more on trade barriers and issues affecting cleaning and chemical supply chains, Hockstad said. ACI’s Kathleen Stanton, Associate Vice President, Technical and International Affairs, has been named to a key government panel that advises the US Department of Commerce and the US Trade Representative.

The Industrial Trade Advisory Committee on Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, Health/Science Products and Services (ITAC 3) provides detailed policy and technical advice, information and recommendations regarding trade barriers, negotiation of trade agreements and the implementation of existing trade agreements affecting the chemical sector. .

Hockstad said CREA urges Congress to provide the necessary funding to EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) to help “ensure that new, innovative and safe cleaning products can reach consumers quickly.

“The cleaning products industry is constantly innovating, developing new chemical components and formulated products that promote safer use, greater efficiency and durability,” Hockstad said. “To do this, the EPA must have the ability to perform required regulatory reviews on product ingredients and labels and issue those approvals in a timely manner.”

She added that ACI supports efforts within the EPA to strengthen its Safer Choice program, which engages the products and chemicals of many ACI members.

Hockstad previewed other ACI activities for the second half of 2022, including:

  • CREA advocacy on Capitol Hill for a federal ingredient reporting standard.
  • The publication of ACI’s sixth sustainability report, which will showcase the industry’s efforts to reduce the effects of climate change and increase circularity.
  • The pending publication of research demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of topical antiseptic ingredients to meet Food and Drug Administration data requests.
  • Deployment of the next version of ACI’s iSTREEM web-based model that estimates the concentration of a chemical that flows into sewers and the residual levels that subsequently enter the aquatic environment.
  • The third edition of the Discover Cleaning Summit, a joint initiative between ACI and Good Housekeeping, focusing on “The Clean, Healthy & Happy Home”.

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