Industry supports decision to work toward common North American regulations for chemical substances

    OTTAWA, Aug. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Three national consumer products industry
associations from Canada and the United States (U.S.) said today they welcome
and support the agreement reached between Canada, Mexico and the U.S.
concerning North American regulatory risk-based assessment and management of
existing chemical substances.
    The agreement was formally announced on August 21, 2007, in Montebello,
Québec, as part of a meeting of the leaders of the three North American
countries to discuss the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America
    The Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association (CCSPA), the U.S.
Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA), and the U.S. Soap and
Detergent Association (SDA) indicated the agreement is the result of ongoing
work in the area of the Regulatory Cooperation Framework under the SPP that
will ensure coordination of regulatory processes, promote best practices,
offer a forum to share information and keep the health and protection of
consumers as a priority.
    "We welcome this very timely decision," said CCSPA President Shannon
Coombs. "Canada announced its own world-leading review of chemical substances
late last year and we think this work can now be extended to include
exploration of this new, North American-wide initiative that will further help
to protect the citizens of each country and our environment."
    Chris Cathcart, CSPA President, said "the SPP aims for greater
cooperation and information sharing between the three countries and will
enhance our competitiveness in North America - it is a very positive step in
that direction."
    "This initiative makes a lot of sense, both for consumers and for
industry," said Ernie Rosenberg, SDA President and CEO. "We need a credible
chemical management system, harmonized with Canada and Mexico, to give the
public confidence that our products are safe to use."

    The Soap and Detergent Association represents over 100 manufacturers of
household, industrial, and institutional cleaning products, their ingredients
and finished packaging; oleochemical producers; and chemical distributors to
the cleaning product industry. SDA members produce more than 90 per cent of
the cleaning products marketed in the U.S.

    The Consumer Specialty Products Association represents some 260 companies
that manufacture, formulate, distribute and sell aerosol, air care,
antimicrobial, cleaning, pest management, industrial, automotive, polish and
floor maintenance products.

    The Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association represents Canada's
consumer, industrial and institutional specialty products industry. Its
mission is to enhance the ability of its 47 member companies to conduct
business fairly, ethically and effectively by fostering industry cooperation,
providing a national voice for communications and developing effective
partnerships with governments, other stakeholders and the public.

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Shannon Coombs, President,
CCSPA, (613) 232-6616 ext. 18,; Brian Sansoni, Vice
President, Communication and Membership, SDA, (202) 662-2517,; Bill Lafield, Vice-President Communications & State
Affairs, CSPA, (202) 833-7311,

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