The development of Personal Hygiene products has been remarkable during the last decades with constant improvement in both performance and quality. With a society focusing more attention on pure and safe ingredients and origin as well as a sustainable footprint, we see an increasing interest by consumers to also understand the safety and environmental impact of their personal hygiene products. 

Henkel’s Product Safety Program for disposable hygiene products

Product safety in terms of direct exposure to the user is of utmost importance at Henkel and something we handle with highest priority. We have been running a comprehensive program for many years, striving to constantly improve in product safety and purity. To do so we believe in following key enabling components:

1. Be selective

Conscious selection of raw materials and partners 

We run an active validation program of our raw materials being part of the adhesive formulations and we are never prepared to compromise on quality. 

The same is true for our pool of suppliers, where we seek to cooperate with partners to jointly drive towards products of a higher degree of purity. Be it via an optimized production process, or the choice of chemical backbone and composition of the raw materials. We believe in being conscious and selective, partnering up with other industry stakeholders with a similar understanding and approach towards the topic of product safety and purity as we have.

2. Be questioning

Portfolio assessment and optimization 

Our product development department is working continuously on assessing and optimizing our portfolio, not only in terms of performance, but also product safety and purity. Based on the current regulatory framework for Chemicals of Concern (CoC) and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), we are running a dedicated testing program of our portfolio with a clear strategy on how to assure and prove adherence with current standards. Simultaneously we are also involved in shaping the standards of tomorrow to ensure we are moving towards regulations that are serving consumers in the most relevant and efficient way. 

Furthermore, our technical experts are looking into new, innovative routes to identify new opportunities for even better solutions. Our latest innovation, TECHNOMELT ADVANCE, is a tailormade polyolefin adhesive and a brilliant example of such a new and innovative concept. TECHNOMELT ADVANCE is developed together with one of our suppliers to fulfill the special needs of the Personal Hygiene Industry. We see this innovation bringing a step-change with remarkably low levels both of chemical odor as well as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC).

We are testing our products in-house as well as externally at industry recognized laboratories, using the latest analytical test methods and equipment. While doing so we are paying a lot of attention to the correct choice of analytical method and sample preparation. A falsely chosen analytical method or sample preparation might lead to miss-leading results. Hence, being able to define a relevant setting for a test as well as putting a test result into perspective is key to draw correct conclusions.

3. Be knowledgeable

Expertise and leadership are key to be ahead of the change

To run a professional program in the area of product safety, a fundamental and comprehensive expertise and knowledge is crucial. The knowledge needs to cover the fields of chemical components and formulations, personal hygiene product components, product design and production process conditions and needs towards the final end product, analytical test methods and product safety assessment. 

At Henkel our ambition is to be ahead of regulatory developments, markets and media. We are proud and happy to be able to put together a strong set of skills and team, to serve our customers and partners in the best possible way when it comes to product safety and purity. This team consists among other parties of:

  • Global and dedicated PD and PSRA teams
  • Corporate Analytics for testing of adhesives and end products based on expertise in analytical methods
  • Toxicology experts including skin sensitivity professionals
  • Global expertise in Food Safety – knowledge being leveraged in Product Safety of Personal Hygiene Products
  • An experienced and dedicated market and customer facing team consisting of Sales, TCS, Marketing and Business Development

The competence and capabilities we can bring together within Henkel is our super-power to be one step ahead and lead the development forward. 

Partner with us to [be more] secure!

To be able to tackle complex challenges such as product safety and purity, each player needs to work together with a selection of strategic partners. The more knowledgeable and competent the business ecosystem is, the stronger the position of each individual partner can be. It is a classical win-win opportunity and at Henkel we are happy to team up with many strong partners in this field. But we are always willing to extend and share our expertise with an even broader community, as well as learn from others. Our ultimate target – to be a reliable partner in serving consumers globally with highest quality and most safe solutions for their daily need of Personal Hygiene Products. We are committed to protect brands and consumers, now and in the future. BECAUSE WE CARE

Connect with Henkel to find out more about our approach towards Product Safety and Purity. Our experts are happy to provide you more information how to [be more] secure!

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