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Introduction to US EPA Safer Chemical Ingredients List

By Little Pro on 2017-08-18 Views:  Update:2017-08-18

If you are responsible for developing a formulated chemical product such as personal care products, paints, and adhesives, etc., you must know whether the ingredients you plan to use are restricted or authorized for use or not. It is a lot easier if you simply choose safer ingredients for your products at the beginning. In this article, we will give you a brief introduction to US EPA's Safer Chemical Ingredients List (SCIL) and how to get your ingredient listed.

Safer Chemical Ingredients List (SCIL)

The Safer Chemical Ingredients List (SCIL) is a list of chemical ingredients that the US EPA's Safer Choice Program has evaluated and determined to be safer than traditional chemical ingredients. The list is arranged by functional-use class (see picture below). You can search the list by ingredient name or CAS No. To access this list, please click here.

US Safer Ingredient List

How to Get Your Ingredient Listed

First of all, you must know whether your ingredient meets the criteria of the US EPA's Safer Choice Program or not. There are two types of criteria: Mater criteria and functional-class criteria. A chemical ingredient must meet both criteria before it can be listed.

Secondly, you can submit your ingredient info to a qualified a qualified third-party profiler for review (NSF International and Tox Services, LLC).  Note: This review is not free.

The third-party profiler will compile all hazard information available on each chemical and includes detailed structure, physical-chemical properties, human health and environmental toxicology, and regulatory/administrative status. Once the chemical's hazard profile is completed, the profiler will ask if you would like it sent to EPA's Safer Choice Program.

Finally, EPA's Safer Choice Program will carefully review the profile of your ingredient in the context of its functional class and make a decision on whether the chemical meets the Safer Choice criteria 

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