European manufacturers of diapers, incontinence care and female sanitary products are committing to a new level of action and consumer transparency on substances of interest
16 October 2019
Brussels, 16 October 2019 – EDANA, representing European manufacturers of absorbent hygiene products, have today announced their intention to create a Stewardship Programme for Absorbent Hygiene Products to limit the presence of chemical impurities found in diapers, incontinence care and female sanitary items, such as tampons and sanitary towels. Industry will devise the programme in consultation with regulators, academia, consumer groups and suppliers.

EDANA will commit to a new level of transparency with consumers and define limit values for impurities and ensure these cannot be found above those values, using consumer relevant test methods that will be reviewed and supported by independent experts. The programme will create an industry-wide list of chemicals, including substances such as PAHs, PCBs, dioxins, furans, phthalates and formaldehyde. EDANA, further to intensive research and dialogue across the industry in the past two years, has decided to voluntarily go beyond current EU and national legislation in the field to limit the presence of impurities.

The programme will be finalised in consultation with stakeholders from the scientific community, European regulators and consumer groups. Any company will have the opportunity to voluntarily participate in the programme, implementation of which will start as from mid-2020 and include consumer facing information and a reporting mechanism.

 “Absorbent hygiene products help millions of Europeans live active, healthy and happy lives, from early childhood to old age and have a long history of extensive safe use. Consumers should know that they are safe and we want to provide transparency and reassurance with our commitment. This programme will further build on the longstanding record of responsible safeguarding of these products. Our commitment is grounded in consumer needs and science, and at the same time goes beyond existing legislation,” said Pierre Wiertz, General Manager of EDANA.

The new Stewardship Programme aligns with the European Commission’s advocacy of product safety codes of good practice in the General Product Safety Directive and will deliver on the EDANA Sustainability Vision for the nonwovens industry.

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