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Ashkin Applauds FDA’s Move On Antibacterial Soaps questioned for years,” added Stephen.

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has required that manufacturers demonstrate if triclocarban and triclosan, which are now found in some hand soaps amongst other products, are safe; if not, they must be removed from the marketplace.

Originally, surgeons used triclocarban to wash their hands before operations. However, in recent years this chemical as well as triclosan, have been used in a wide range of products from mouthwash, hand soap, and cosmetics, to some cleaning products used mostly by consumers.

Stephen Ashkin, President of The Ashkin Group, has long believed

these chemicals are unnecessary and potentially dangerous to health and the environment. He said: “Several studies indicate that they can disrupt normal development of reproductive systems in animals and many health experts warn they can be harmful to humans as well.”

Manufacturers using these chemicals have one year to prove their safety and effectiveness – if not, they can no longer use them in their products. “As you can imagine, this decision will affect many industries. However, the impact [of these chemicals] on the environment and health and their overall effectiveness has been

For instance, a study conducted in 2008 by the University of California, concluded that the use of triclocarban and triclosan can disrupt reproductive hormone activity and interfere with cell signaling that occurs in the brain, the heart, and other cells.

“Americans spend nearly $1billion a year on these products, even though studies show that they are no better than regular soap and water at reducing the spread of illness,” said Dan Chang, Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering, who was directly involved with the study.

UKCPI Backs New Unique Network

The International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products (AISE) has launched DetNet, the “Detergent Industry Network for CLP Classifi cation” at its Brussels headquarters.

Developed with industry and external expertise, DetNet aims to help companies establish the appropriate skin and eye irritancy classifi cation for their products in compliance with the CLP Regulation.

The UK Cleaning Products Industry Association (UKCPI), a national association member of the European body, backed the initiative. UKCPI Director General Philip Malpass, said: “AISE is leading the way in another

important voluntary initiative of the detergent industry. It has worked closely with it's stakeholders to come up with a robust scheme to assist detergent manufacturers with the classifi cation process, using validated and recognized test methods.”

Through DetNet, all manufacturers and suppliers of detergents and cleaning products can have access to shared test data and expertise, to allow for a transparent science- based process for classifi cation, in-line with the CLP principles. The detergent industry is the fi rst sector to implement the new CLP concept, allowing the formation of an industry classifi cation network for mixtures.

Its objective is to help users know the potential hazard of products, allowing those with different hazards to be distinguished, based on relevant labelling. CLP will fully apply to mixtures from 1st June 2015.

Access to DetNet is open to any company with responsibility for the classifi cation and labelling of products sold in Europe. DetNet fees comprise an annual fee based on a company’s size, as well as a fee linked to the number of successful classifi cations achieved. Substantial discounts exist for members of national associations in the AISE network. ISSA Names New Chairman And Adds UK Rep

ISSA has appointed Andrew Dunning of Numatic International as Chairman of the ISSA European Council, and Paul Kelly from Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP) as the UK representative on the Council. Both will serve in their respective positions from 2014 to 2016.

Andrew has stepped up after having been Vice Chairman of


the ISSA European Council for the past two years. His current role as UK Distributor Manager at Numatic, together with his previous position as Numatic’s Business Development Manager, has given him a wide experience of understanding and solving the critical issues facing all those involved in the cleaning industry.

Currently Commercial Director, in UK & Ireland for RCP, Paul joins the ISSA European Council having spent the past fi ve years developing the RCP brand, and managing all areas of the business. Under his leadership, RCP has grown very strongly through working closely with its core distributor partners, and providing innovative product solutions to end users.

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