On August 27, 2019, the New York State Supreme Court invalidated the New York Department of Environmental Conservation Household Cleaning Product Information Disclosure Program. Consequently, industry has been granted a reprieve for now and manufacturers do not need to comply with the program by the January 2, 2020 deadline. ISSA will provide the membership with more information as it becomes available. For now, we are waiting to see how New York will react to the court’s decision, and will share that information as it becomes available.
There is a growing demand by the public for transparency as it pertains to ingredients in products we use and encounter ranging from foods to cleaning products. California became the first state to legislate ingredient communication by passing the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act (SB 258) in 2017. ISSA worked with a broad coalition of stakeholders to make sure the legislation balanced the desire for disclosure with compliance burdens for businesses while protecting proprietary information. ISSA continues to work with its members ahead of implementation to help them comply with the regulations. In 2018, New York followed suit by creating an ingredient disclosure program which is currently being battled in the courts due to its many shortcomings.
ISSA supports consistent disclosure laws that help to educate the public while protecting the legitimate interests of business. Cleaning is critical to protecting public health and therefore any proposals not relying on sound science do a disservice to the public. ISSA Advocacy will continue to monitor proposals regarding ingredient disclosure at the federal and state level. We will continue to support consistent disclosure and labeling requirements and oppose patchwork approach that unduly burdens small businesses, does not protect proprietary business information, and undermines public health by dissuading the use of safe and effective cleaning products.
Here are some resources for those wanting more information about recent changes to state disclosure programs.