2020 was an distinctive 12 months of development for BAHP, because the affiliation elevated its membership of babycare, femcare, incontinence product producers, materials suppliers and repair suppliers by a rare 267% within the final 14 months. A thriving and engaged group permits our trade to increase its dialogue with stakeholders and solidifies BAHP’s place because the voice of the private absorbent hygiene trade in North America, the place we function the trade’s first line of protection. BAHP will proceed to develop membership and elevate the voice of the trade all year long.
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In 2020, BAHP loved unprecedented success with key legislative victories. Right here is only a transient snapshot of our efforts:
BAHP helped to spearhead an trade and NGO-supported regulation in California on ingredient disclosure.
BAHP labored to exempt diapers and female hygiene merchandise from a left-leaning complete plastic waste laws.
BAHP achieved success in permitting femcare merchandise to be bought with tax-preferred well being financial savings accounts.
In a legislative setting continuously recognized for gridlock, BAHP made progress navigating our trade to many victories.
The BAHP staff and management is working to make sure this momentum continues all through 2021 and 2022, because the group grapples with new challenges affecting the very trajectory of the private absorbent hygiene merchandise trade.
With California and New York now requiring interval product producers to checklist substances on package deal labels, BAHP is creating instruments to teach customers on the substances they are going to now see listed and help producers in complying with these legal guidelines.
Whereas many producers are already offering common ingredient data on their branded web sites, these two legal guidelines will mandate trade to offer data in a extra uniform and constant method on product labels. Particularly, BAHP is creating an Ingredient Glossary that will likely be printed on its consumer-facing web site, www.femcareanswers.com.
The Ingredient Glossary will:
Checklist substances utilized in menstrual merchandise,
Present a quick rationalization of its objective and performance, and
Provide key data to customers concerning these merchandise.
Moreover, BAHP will help producers in creating ingredient names the place standardization doesn’t exist already. The California Menstrual Product Proper to Know Act of 2020 requires substances to be listed utilizing a standardized nomenclature reminiscent of:
The Worldwide Nomenclature of Beauty Elements (INCI)
The Family Business Merchandise Affiliation’s Client Product Ingredient Dictionary (HCPA Dictionary), or
A standard chemical title.
The regulation additional requires that if an ingredient doesn’t have a normal title recognized by the trade, BAHP should develop a reputation. Our staff is at present creating the method and framework for a BAHP Menstrual Product Ingredient Dictionary to be made obtainable for all menstrual product producers in 2021.
Whereas trade is specializing in implementation of those two state disclosure legal guidelines, BAHP expects to see extra jurisdictions introduce related laws all through 2021. We are going to proceed to interact on the state degree to encourage that future legal guidelines be in keeping with the present California regulation. Nevertheless, to keep away from a patchwork of state legal guidelines, the affiliation can also be working in direction of a uniform program on the federal degree below Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) authority.
BAHP anticipates continued efforts in 2021 to handle product and ingredient security, in addition to proposals addressing the disposal of non-public absorbent hygiene merchandise. New York has already launched laws banning particular substances for use in menstrual merchandise, amongst others, and is offering for the institution of government-funded committees to conduct analysis on related supplies. Legislators in New Jersey are additionally exhibiting curiosity in extra product transparency and training for customers.
New this 12 months, BAHP is internet hosting a month-to-month webinar collection, highlighting coverage, advertising and marketing and different associated enterprise developments within the private absorbent hygiene trade. BAHP’s complimentary webinar collection is open to each members and nonmembers. For extra data concerning participation and/or sponsorship in BAHP’s webinar collection, please contact Tatiana Letcheva at firstname.lastname@example.org.