European manufacturers of diapers, adult incontinence, and feminine hygiene products are committing to a new program to give consumers further assurances about the safety of their products.
On July 2, 2020 the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, Edana, Brussels/Belgium launched the Stewardship Programme for Absorbent Hygiene Products.
This program goes beyond existing product legislation to give consumers maximum confidence in the safe use of the products. It introduces an industry-wide list of trace substances (such as PAH’s, PCBs, dioxins, furans, phthalates and formaldehyde) and guidance values that adhering companies will commit to not exceed using harmonized, consumer relevant test methods.
With the publishing of product composition and a commitment to enhance consumer understanding, the program also serves to reinforce transparency, enabling consumers to make informed choices.
The program is in line 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.