AISE (International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products) has launched DetNet, the 'Detergent industry network for CLP classification'. Developed with industry and external expertise, DetNet aims to help companies establish the appropriate skin and eye irritancy classification for their products in compliance with the CLP Regulation.
UKCPI (UK Cleaning Products Industry Association), 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 its stakeholders to come up with a robust scheme to assist detergent manufacturers with the classification process using validated and recognised test methods.”
Through DetNet, all manufacturers/suppliers of detergents and cleaning products can have access to shared test data and expertise to allow for a transparent science-based process for classification, in line with the CLP principles. The detergent industry is the first sector to implement the new CLP concept allowing the formation of an industry classification 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 1 June 2015.
Access to DetNet is open to any company with responsibility for the classification and labelling of products sold in Europe. DetNet fees comprise an annual fee based on company size as well as a fee linked to the number of successful classifications achieved. Substantial discounts exist for members of national associations in the AISE network.