December 2020

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CleanGredients® Ingredient Reviews

NSF provides confidential reviews of surfactants, solvents, fragrances, chelating agents and any other formulation ingredient using the safer ingredient criteria defined by CleanGredients® and the U.S. EPA Safer Choice program. The database helps formulators find safer ingredients and allows manufacturers to showcase their ingredients. CleanGredients® is a main industry resource for cleaning product formulators.
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NSF International has partnered with the GreenBlue® Institute to perform third-party reviews of chemical ingredients. CleanGredients® is an online database of cleaning product ingredient chemicals that provides verified information about the environmental and human health attributes of the listed ingredients.

The CleanGredients® database of chemical ingredient formulations has been pre-approved by the U.S. EPA to meet the criteria of their Safer Choice Standard, designed to safeguard human and environmental health

Benefits of CleanGredients®

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The CleanGredients.org online database for chemical ingredients helps suppliers, manufacturers and the public identify and utilize ingredients that have potential environmental and/or human health and safety benefits. The CleanGredients® logo is trusted by suppliers to communicate the benefits of their product to customers.

As the leading third-party reviewer for the CleanGredients® program, NSF Sustainability provides timely, credible and cost-effective reviews for suppliers to verify that their ingredients are safer for the environment and public health.

Features of CleanGredients®

Reduce Development Costs: Centralize marketing and selection of preferable chemistry.

Standardize Supply Chain Communication: One-stop-shop for green chemistry communication in the supply chain.

Leverage Market Demand for Green Products: Definitive source of Safer Choice pre-screened chemicals, streamlining the creation of new products that meet market criteria.

Credible: Detailed, unbiased, independently verified data.

Ease of Use: Simple, user-friendly interface.

Flexible: Demonstrate compliance with various standards, eco-labels or corporate sustainability reporting requirements.

Secure: Reporting attributes without sharing proprietary information.

Increased Choice: A variety of chemicals from many leading chemical suppliers.

Criteria for a CleanGredients® Review

NSF provides confidential reviews of surfactants, solvents, fragrances, chelating agents and any other formulation ingredient using the safer ingredient criteria defined by CleanGredients® and the U.S. EPA Safer Choice program. The database helps formulators find safer ingredients and allows manufacturers to showcase their ingredients. CleanGredients® is a main industry resource for cleaning product formulators.

Review Process

The CleanGredients® listing program includes a five-step process:

  1. Your company submits an application to NSF. We send you a contract and quote for the review process.
  2. To begin the CleanGredients® review, your company returns the signed quote and contract to NSF.
  3. We review your ingredient(s) against the applicable ingredient class criteria and provide feedback.
  4. We forward all supporting information of your ingredient(s) to the EPA’s Safer Choice program for final approval and listing on CleanGredients®.
  5. Once the reviews are complete, the ingredient, if approved, will be listed on the CleanGredients® website for 3 years and we will notify you of your renewal review.