A.I.S.E. Product Stewardship Programme on Indoor Air Emissions from Air Fresheners (2007)

Air Fresheners PSP

The Product Stewardship Programme (PSP) for air fresheners is a voluntary initiative of A.I.S.E. The programme was launched in 2007 and is a voluntary initiative by companies manufacturing and placing air fresheners on the market to promote best practices which go beyond the legal requirements that regulate our industry.

Building on the success of this current PSP, a second programme  was launched on 1 April 2016 to ensure continuity and to expend the voluntary commitment to reflect progress in the industry. The 2007 programme remains active until 1 October 2017.

Who can participate? 

Any company that produces and puts air freshener products on the market in Europe (EU, plus Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) may participate, regardless of whether or not they are members of A.I.S.E. or one of its national associations.

The programme covers the following categories of air fresheners: sprays (including aerosol – mini and pump-sprays), perfumed candles, liquid wick, gel, potpourris, electrical devices, car fresheners, and incense.

AISE is proud to confirm that the following industry leading companies are currently committed to the A.I.S.E. 2007 Air Fresheners Product Stewardship programme:

As of 1 April 2016, interested companies are directed towards the newly launched second progamme which builds on this 2007 programme. Read more here

The commitment

Companies participating in the A.I.S.E. Air Fresheners Product Stewardship Programme commit to apply the following, specifically developed, set of rules to their products in the following areas:

Product development/product safety:

For all products: companies commit to evaluate their products' ingredients, even, beyond current regulatory requirements in order to ensure that they are safe in use. This will be done by the systematic use of internationally recognised standards, e.g. World Health Organisation (WHO) , International Fragrance Association for fragrances (IFRA).

For combustion products: where a participating company manufactures and/or places on the market a combustion product with flame, i.e. perfumed candles, it shall, in addition to complying with the Dangerous Preparations Directive and all relevant legislation, adopt the latest relevant CEN (European Committee for Standardisation) standards. For products with combustion without flame, participating companies are required to apply the precautionary principle on the basis of a careful scientific risk assessment which is currently used to assess incense cones and incense sticks that are manufactured and/or placed on the market.

Consumer information
Product labels: these will be clearly visible and key safety messages will be obvious. Where appropriate, clear advice for safe usage of the product including maximum exposure will be made. Furthermore, inhalation abuse warnings on sprays using solvents and propellants will be added where applicable and within local frameworks. 

Consumers will find the two following sentences on the product labels of participating companies

  • "People suffering from perfume sensitivity should be cautious when using this product” 
  • "Air Fresheners do not replace good hygiene practices”
Participating companies will refrain from using the absence of banned materials in a product as a marketing claim (e.g. without "CFC").

Complementary web information:
In addition to the Dangerous Preparation Directive requirements, all information on the ingredient composition (ingredients plus fragrance allergens exceeding 0,01% by weight) of the product will be made available to consumers using INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) names as per the Detergent Regulation. This will be made available via a corporate website indicated on the product label. In addition, medical information will be made available upon request.

Product forms
Air freshener toy-shape products specifically intended to attract children will not be manufactured and/or be put on the market.

Product communication and advertising
Scenes involving pregnant women, babies or young children activating the product will not be used to advertise the goods. Appropriate use and handling of the product in compliance with product labeling will be demonstrated and all product claims will be substantiated.

More information

The Air Fresheners Products Stewardship Programme complements industry voluntary safety and sustainability projects and campaigns such as the Human and Environmental Assessment scheme (HERA), the Safe Use icons, and the Charter for Sustainable Cleaning. Through this initiative, A.I.S.E. and its members want to provide consumers with the most appropriate information on the safe use of Air Fresheners. The programme has been implemented in close dialogue with stakeholders and interested bodies.

To obtain a comprehensive copy of the A.I.S.E. Air Fresheners Product Stewardship Programme or for any further information, please contact A.I.S.E. or its national associations.


*The following pieces of legislation apply for air fresheners: 

  • CLP Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 for Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures
  •  REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) (EC) No 1907/2006
  • Directive on restrictions on the marketing and use of certain dangerous substances - (76/769/EEC)
  • General Product Safety Directive - (2001/95/EC)
  • Aerosol Dispensers Directive - (75/324/EEC)