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:
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.