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Our unique and comprehensive proprietary database was constructed for the express purpose of screening products to determine that ingredients are not known or suspected to cause human health or ecosystem harm. We have reviewed and scrutinized well-recognized, scientifically authoritative lists from organizations and government agencies around the world* in order to ensure that our collective list is both accurate and complete.
We do not allow known behavioral toxins, carcinogens, developmental toxins, endocrine disruptors, fire retardants, heavy metals, neurotoxins, high risk pesticides, reproductive toxins, toxic solvents or harmful VOCs to be included in products that we certify.
In addition to chemicals on these “red lists,” our Ingredient Database contains information on every ingredient Made Safe has ever screened. With over 85,000 chemicals registered to the EPA that are potentially available for use today, we go beyond authoritative lists to scrutinize materials and ingredients using modeling, predictive analysis and available science for bioaccumulation (builds up in our bodies), persistence (builds up in the environment), and for aquatic toxicity.
We work with respected scientists and experts to screen ingredients based on the most current available science so that we can begin to close data gaps. Our database is constantly evolving and becomes a smarter and more informed tool over time. Learn more about the MADE SAFE Screening Process.
Many brands we work with come to us seeking certification under our MADE SAFE or MADE SAFE Nontoxic Certified™ seals. However, some brands also want to work with us during their research & development process to formulate or reformulate safe products. Other companies, brands or retailers simply want access to our process and database in order to construct and inform their internal buying or sourcing policies. No matter what your business is, we can work with you to leverage our Ingredient Database for your purposes.
*Sources of information include but are not limited to:
- Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Pesticide Database
- California Proposition 65 list
- Campaign for Safe Cosmetics “Red List”
- Chem Secretariat SIN List
- OSHA list
- Silent Spring List of Mammary Toxins
- TedEx list of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
- IARC list of Carcinogens and Probable Carcinogens
- President’s Report on Carcinogens List
- Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Hazardous 100+ List
- Washington State List of Toxicants
- Reach Annex
- Health Canada Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist
- AOEC Exposure Code List
Over time, with increased funding and the necessary technology, we hope to make our database and its content available to the public. In the meantime, it’s our mission to educate people about some of the worst offenders lurking in products we use every day. Click on the below links to learn more about these toxic chemicals and how to avoid them. Check back often as we expand this library.