By signing up to the PSP, companies commit to apply a voluntary set of rules and standards to all their products which essentially focus on good safety and communication practices, namely:
Responsible design and manufacturing
The industry goes beyond the regulatory requirements and ensures that exposure value limits provide a firm basis to meet the expectations of consumers, taking global standards into account. Companies must respect standard global limits in emissions of formaldehyde, benzene and naphthalene.
A.I.S.E. has actively contributed to the initiative to measure emissions from combustible air fresheners within CEN (the European Committee for Standardisation). Working together with the European candle industry since 2010, A.I.S.E. member experts, through their national standardisation bodies, were instrumental in the development of three standards that are now applicable across Europe.
For combustible products, these standards cover:
- Standardised test methods for the emissions of substances
- Evaluation and calculation of emissions and exposure test results
- User safety information provided on labels.
Combustible air fresheners in scope of the A.I.S.E. PSP must comply to these European emission standards.
Responsible marketing and communication
- Clear and legible safety and health advice on labels for consumers
- No toy or food shaped products
- No images of children touching the products or pregnant women shown in advertising
- Information on product composition to be available.
Focus on consumer safety
Clear labels which indicate how to safely use a product enable consumers to make informed choices. The following messages will be communicated on product labels
"People suffering from perfume sensitivity should be
cautious when using this product”
"Air fresheners do not replace good hygiene practices”
"Ventilate the room after use”
How is compliance ensured?
The commitment of each participating company is monitored by A.I.S.E. with an annualreport on common key performance indicators, as well as external third-party audits carried out on an annualbasis.