A.I.S.E. Product Stewardship Programme on Indoor Air Emissions from Air Fresheners (2016)

Air Fresheners – New Product Stewardship Programme 2016


Launch of second A.I.S.E. voluntary initiative for air fresheners 
On April 1, 2016 A.I.S.E. launched its second A.I.S.E. Product Stewardship Programme 2016 on Indoor Air Emissions from Air Fresheners, referred to as "PSP (2016)”.  This voluntary initiative promotes best practices which go beyond the legal requirements that regulate our industry. Thanks to the voluntary commitment to responsible manufacturing, communication and use of air fresheners, companies committing to this PSP enable consumers to make the best informed choices when buying and using air fresheners.  

This PSP (2016) builds on the success of the previous programme launched in 2007 and which remains active until 1 October 2017.  
Full details of the PSP (2007) can be read here

What products are covered by the PSP 2016?

The PSP 2016 applies to the following products:

  • Combustible air fresheners: mainly perfumed candles and incense;
  • Other air fresheners: sprays-including aerosols, mini and pump-sprays, liquid wicks, gels, potpourris, electrical devices and car fresheners.

Who can participate?

Any company that manufactures and/or places combustible air fresheners and other air fresheners on the market in Europe (EU, plus Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Switzerland) can participate in this programme, even if it is not a member of A.I.S.E. or one of its national associations.

Companies interested in joining the initiative can find more details in the full package of material below. Please contact the A.I.S.E. Secretariat or your national association for additional information.  

Three companies signed 2016 Air Fresheners PS

RB,  SJ Johnson and P&G are the first three companies to sign A.I.S.E.’s 2016 Product Stewardship Programme on Indoor Air Emissions from Air Fresheners.
Thanks to the voluntary commitment to responsible manufacturing, communication and use of air fresheners, companies committing to this PSP enable consumers to make the informed choices when buying and using air fresheners.  
A.I.S.E. has also an open dialogue with ECA (European Candles association) and AECM (Association of European Candles Makers) to ensure that the programme can be signed also by non-members. 
For more information on how to sign up for the Air Fresheners' Product Stewardship Programme, read here

What does the commitment involve?

Beyond fulfilling the mandatory requirements prescribed by EU laws and standards, companies participating in the PSP (2016) commit to apply a specifically developed set of voluntary rules and standards to their products in the following areas: 

  1. Safety provisions
  2. Product labelling requirements 
  3. Information on chemical composition
  4. Product shape specifications
  5. Advertising guidelines 
  6. Communication on thier commitment to the programme

Full details on all the provisions can be found in the PSP 2016 project description.

What’s new in the 2016 programme?

Given the progress in the industry since the PSP (2007) and the experience gained during its implementation, several important changes have been introduced in this second PSP. 
  1. A.I.S.E. has been actively involved with the candle industry (represented by ECA and AECM) in the development of three new CEN standards on emissions safety for combustible air fresheners: test methods; methodology for assessing test results; and user safety information. These standards are now part of the voluntary commitment by participating companies. 
  2. One additional sentence for consumer communication can now be included on the product label ‘Ventilate the room after use’.
  3. The chemical composition of the air freshener must be available for poison control centres as required by Article 45 of CLP Regulation or according to Annex VII C of Regulation (EC) No 648/2004, as appropriate.
  4. As well toy-shaped products, food-shaped products may also not be placed on the market.

Beyond these requirements a monitoring system will ensure the implementation of the voluntary commitment through annual KPI reporting by all companies and external third party audits on a representative sample of companies.

How will the PSP 2016 be monitored?

Participating companies will be required to comply with:

What is the timing of the PSP 2016 implementation?

  • 1 April 2016: the PSP (2016) is open for signature by interested companies. 
  • By 1 October 2017: the requirements in the PSP programme description under the following chapters must apply to all products: ‘Safety’, ‘Product labels’, ‘Information on chemical composition’, ‘Advertising’ and ‘Companies’ communication on commitment’;
  • By 1 October 2017: the requirements in ‘the tests on emissions’ must apply to newly developed combustible air freshener products not currently in the portfolio;
  • By 1 October 2020: the requirements in the ‘tests on emissions’ must apply to all combustible air freshener products.

As the first PSP (2007) runs until 1 October 2017, participating companies in the first programme will be invited to sign a new commitment during this transition period. New companies interested in joining the voluntary initiative after 1 April 2016 will be invited to sign up to the second PSP (2016). 

Information package#

All companies interested in signing up to the second PSP (2016) may download the full package of relevant documents here.


Contact
For further information and questions, please contact: 

Francesca Angiulli
Technical and Regulatory Affairs Manager
A.I.S.E.
Tel: +32 2 679 62 60