The California Air Resources Board recently initiated a rulemaking to identify and adopt new or revised limits on the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that companies may use to formulate consumer products. On July 10-12 in Sacramento, more than 40 members of the Household & Commercial Products Association (HCPA), the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC), the Fragrance Creators Association (FCA) and the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) participated in the meeting.

HCPA conducted presentations highlighting facts about the technical challenges that companies must solve when they formulate and manufacture products.

These products are within the following categories:

  • Air Fresheners – Aerosol and Liquid/Pump (including liquid electricals)
  • Antiperspirant/Deodorant and Body Sprays
  • Floor Wax Strippers
  • Hair Spray
  • Laundry Products, including Detergent and Fabric Softener
  • No Rinse Shampoo and Permanent Hair Dye
  • Scented Candles
  • Sunscreen – Aerosol

As fragrance is in many consumer and personal care products, joint members of the participating trade associations began the three-day meeting with a presentation discussing how CARB can more accurately determine the VOC content of fragrances used in consumer products.

HCPA will continue to actively engage on the pending CARB rulemaking to advocate member companies’ consensus positions on proposed new or revised VOC limits and product category definitions.

Please contact Joe Yost, Vice President, Strategic Alliances & Industry Relations, at for additional comments or questions.


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