The EDANA Stewardship Programme on Absorbent Hygiene Products Charter and its signatories

Absorbent hygiene products (AHP) help millions of Europeans, from early childhood to old age, live active and healthy lives. These products comply with all relevant EU legislation relating to chemicals and product safety.  

Although the trace levels found in AHPs are well below all regulatory limits, and don’t pose any risk to health, we believe it is responsible to initiate harmonised consumer relevant testing methodologies on the amount of trace substances in AHPs and to pioneer science-based transparent communication to inform the public.  

In order to reinforce trust in our products with consumers, the programme will allow every participant to voluntarily go beyond current EU and national legislation. It creates an industry-wide list of substances of interest (such as PAHs, PCBs, dioxins, furans, phthalates and formaldehyde) and guidance values that adhering companies will commit to not exceed using harmonised consumer relevant test methods.

The EDANA Absorbent Hygiene Product Industry Charter is the formal signatory document to the EDANA™Stewardship Programme. The participants to the programme commit to:

  • Participate in the development of recommended guidance values of trace impurities and commit to not exceed them
  • Participate in EDANA harmonised test methods to self-assess the presence of impurities
  • Reinforce transparency by publishing product composition to enable consumers to make informed choices 
  • Take part in communication activities across the EU to further enhance consumer understanding of trace level impurities.

This EDANA™ Stewardship Programme is open to any company manufacturing and/or placing absorbent hygiene products on the European Market, regardless of whether these companies are members of EDANA.

The signatories of the EDANA Stewardship Programme produce more than 80% of the baby diapers placed on the European market.


For any questions please contact
Gil Stevens