Safer Chemical Ingredients List Expanded with the Addition of 22 Chemicals
In August 2022, 22 chemical substances were added to the Safer Chemical Ingredients List (SCIL) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Intended to facilitate the use of safer chemical alternatives in products, the list has grown steadily over the last several years. In this blog post, we discuss the list and review the recent additions.
Safer Chemical Ingredients List
Established and reviewed in conjunction with the EPA's Safer Choice Program, the SCIL is a list of chemical ingredients determined by the Program to be safer than most other more traditional chemical ingredients. A highly useful tool with diverse applications, it is used extensively by chemical and product manufacturers, retailers, health and safety professionals, and a host of other stakeholders.
The SCIL is grouped by functional class, with the chemicals on it generally considered among the safest for their use:
- Antimicrobial Actives
- Chelating Agents
- Enzymes and Enzyme Stabilizers
- Oxidants and Oxidant Stabilizers
- Preservatives and Antioxidants
- Processing Aids and Additives
- Skin Conditioning Agents
- Specialized Industrial Chemicals
Substances added to the SCIL list are marked with a colored symbol conveying, among other things, the relative level of concern associated with the chemical. These include a green circle, green half-circle, yellow triangle, and gray square.
- Green circle
- The chemical substance has been designated as being of low concern, based upon modeled and experimental data.
- Green half-circle
- There is an expectation that the chemical substance is of low concern, based upon modeled and experimental data.
- Yellow triangle
- The chemical substance has been designated as meeting Safer Choice Criteria relative to its functional ingredient-class, but some hazard profile issues exist.
- Gray square
- The chemical substance may be unacceptable for use in candidate products for the Safer Choice label, and reformulation may be necessary.
Recent Additions to the SCIL
The 22 chemicals that were recently added to the SCIL are shown in the table below:
|Substance Name||CAS Registry Number|
|Siloxanes and Silicones, Et Me, Me 2-phenylpropyl||68037-77-4|
|.beta.-Cyclodextrin, 2-hydroxypropyl ethers||128446-35-5|
|Phosphonic acid, P,P',P'',P'''-[[(phosphonomethyl)imino]bis[2,1-ethanediylnitrilobis(methylene)]]tetrakis-||15827-60-8|
|Amylopectin, hydrogen 2-(1-octen-1-yl)butanedioate||125109-81-1|
|9-Octadecenoic acid (9Z)-, 1,1',1''-(1,2,3-propanetriyl) ester||122-32-7|
|Glycerides, C14-22 and C16-22-unsatd.||68424-59-9|
|Fatty acids, C18-unsatd., dimers, hydrogenated, di-iso-Pr esters||103213-20-3|
|9-Octadecenoic acid (9Z)-, 3-hydroxy-2,2-bis(hydroxymethyl)propyl ester||10332-32-8|
|Octadecanoic acid, butyl ester||123-95-5|
|Decanoic acid, mixed diesters with octanoic acid and propylene glycol||68583-51-7|
|Butanedioic acid, 1,4-bis(2-methylpropyl) ester||925-06-4|
|Pentanedioic acid, 1,5-bis(2-methylpropyl) ester||71195-64-7|
|Decanedioic acid, 1,10-diethyl ester||110-40-7|
|Fatty acids, C8-10||68937-75-7|
|Octadecanoic acid, 2-sulfo-, 1-methyl ester, sodium salt (1:1)||4062-78-6|
|Nonanoic acid, sulfophenyl ester, sodium salt (1:1)||91125-43-8|
|1-Propanaminium, N-(carboxymethyl)-N,N-dimethyl-3-[(1-oxohexadecyl)amino]-, inner salt||32954-43-1|
|Coconut oil, ethoxylated||67762-35-0|
Source: Environmental Protection Agency
With the latest additions, the SCIL list contains 1,055 chemical substances.
A complete listing of all substances on the Safer Chemical Ingredients List can be found on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website.