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HERA Initiative
The HERA (Human and Environmental Risk Assessment) project is a European voluntary initiative launched in 1999 by the following organisations:

A.I.S.E. representing the formulators and manufacturers of household and maintenance cleaning products.
Cefic representing the suppliers and manufacturers of the raw materials.

Why is there a need for HERA ?

In the past safety assessments were carried out on ingredients by the companies, and the results remained confidential to them. In today's world, both the regulators and the general public rightly demand greater transparency of the information on the potential risks posed by the ingredients of products used in the home. There is now a call for these data to be published, so that the need for more information if required, can be debated in public.

Objective of HERA

HERA will provide a common risk assessment framework for the household cleaning products industry, and show that this process will deliver evaluated safety information on the ingredients used in these products in an effective and transparent way. This process is intended to support a risk-based approach to chemicals legislation in the European Union, and may serve as a pilot for the application of the same process in other sectors and/or geographical areas.