A.I.S.E. Product Stewardship Programme for Liquid Detergent Capsules (03/2015)

The Product Stewardship Programme for Liquid Detergent Capsules is a voluntary initiative of A.I.S.E., launched on 1 March 2015.

It complements industry voluntary safety and sustainability projects and campaigns such as the Safe Use Icons and the Charter for Sustainable Cleaning. Through this initiative, A.I.S.E. and its members want to secure safe use and storage by consumers of liquid detergent capsules. The programme will be implemented in close dialogue with stakeholders and interested bodies.
It replaces and extends the A.I.S.E. Product Stewardship Programme for Liquid Laundry Detergent Capsules.  

While safe use and storage of any household detergent and maintenance product should be promoted, this programme aims to secure safe use and storage of liquid detergent capsules by consumers to ultimately reduce the incidence of accidental exposure, in particular of small children, to these products. The programme goes beyond the legislative requirements covering these products.
Liquid detergent capsules are a relatively new product form that have been progressively introduced in Europe. They are used daily by millions of consumers across Europe. They help consumers use just the right amount of detergent for their washing needs without waste; and are an effective answer to sustainability with smaller packs and important savings in terms of transport and CO² emissions. 

While they are safe when used as instructed, it is important that they are handled safely and, as any other household cleaning product, kept away from children.

Companies active in this market sector who wish to obtain more information are invited to contact A.I.S.E. 

Who can participate

The programme is open to any company manufacturing and/or placing liquid detergent capsules on the European market (EU + Iceland, Switzerland, Norway and Liechtenstein), regardless of whether or not they are members of A.I.S.E. or one of its national associations. 

We would like to clarify that for this project which specifically deals with consumer safety, manufacturers are at the forefront of committing to the PSP and it is encouraged and understood that manufacturers sign the Commitment Letter. Where a retailer expresses interest, the retailer can also sign the Commitment Letter. While this does not replace the intent for the own label manufacturer to sign, A.I.S.E. considers that active support by retailers can only strengthen the project and contribute to its success, by putting behind it the weight of actors at different levels of the supply chain.

The programme covers all liquid-containing detergent capsules; this includes liquid laundry detergent capsules which are classified "hazardous" as per CLP Regulation and for which the Product Stewardship Programme foresees communication requirements. 

The commitment

The Liquid Detergent Capsules Product Stewardship Programme has been developed by A.I.S.E. members and has been launched on 1 March 2015. 

Participating companies commit to reduce the visibility of liquid laundry detergent capsules by making packaging obscure or opaque, or any equivalent measure. To address resistance and prevent Liquid Detergent Capsules from bursting when gripped by children, Liquid Detergent Capsules shall resist a mechanical compression strength of at least 300N.
Product Information
Participating companies commit to reinforce guidance on the safe use and storage of liquid laundry detergent capsules by taking part in consumer communication activities. 

In addition, companies shall reinforce on-pack communication. In particular, consumers will find the two safe use icons "keep away from children" and "close the lid/bag properly" clearly displayed on the outer packaging of the products in accordance with specific requirements.

See also 2019 updated On pack communication requirements.

More information/to participate

For more information on the Product Stewardship Programme for Liquid Detergent Capsules, please consult the full project description below. If you wish to participate in the programme, please return the commitment letter signed, with annexes filled in, to the A.I.S.E. team (contact Christine Boudet, Boulevard du Souverain 165, 1160 Brussels, Belgium). 

For any further information, please contact A.I.S.E. or its national associations.

Partners participating/Progress

*These companies have also signed the 2019 Addendum regarding on pack communication

Communication toolkit

To access the liquid detergent capsules communication toolkit please click here

"Keep Caps from Kids" Communication campaign, to find out more click here