DfE-Labelled Products: Chemicals (US)

The Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Product Labeling Program is a voluntary program that recognises products that are high-performance and cost-effective using the safest chemical ingredients.

At present, about 2,500 products carry the DfE Safer Product Label.

DfE’s Safer Chemical Ingredients List (SCIL) is a list of chemicals that satisfy the criteria of the DfE Safer Product Labelling Program. This is arranged by functional-use class and is intended to assist product manufacturers in identifying chemicals that the DfE program has already evaluated and identified as safer.

The Safer Chemical Ingredients list is here. Scroll down for the categories.

As with product reviews, before DfE decides to include a chemical on the SCIL (i.e., based on meeting the safer chemical criteria for its functional class), a third-party profiler gathers hazard information from a broad set of resources. The assessment includes the identification and evaluation of all available toxicological and environmental fate data. The third party profiler submits a report to DfE, including a recommendation on whether the chemical passes DfE criteria. DfE staff performs due diligence by reviewing the submission for completeness, consistency, and compliance with the DfE criteria. If more than one third-party has evaluated the chemical, DfE also checks for differences in the profiles and resolves any conflicts. In some cases, DfE may also perform additional literature reviews and consider data from confidential sources, such as the New Chemicals Program. DfE does not typically examine primary literature (original studies) as part of its review and listing decisions.

Additional chemicals may be added to this list as DfE evaluates chemical ingredients and approves products for the DfE label. Chemicals may be removed from the list or have their status changed based on new data or innovations that raise the safer-chemistry bar. DfE will ensure that no confidential or trade secret information appears in this list.

The DfE Standard and Criteria for Safer Chemical Ingredients are protective and address a broad range of potential toxicological effects, including:

– carcinogens, mutagens, reproductive or developmental toxicants;
– persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemicals;
– systemic or internal organ toxicants;
– asthmagens;
– sensitizers; and
– chemicals on authoritative lists of chemicals of concern.


Chemicals that exhibit endocrine activity are closely evaluated. Those associated with toxicological hazards are not allowed.

Impurities can be present in chemicals that are used in DfE products. DfE limits impurities that do not meet its criteria to not more than 0.01 percent in the final product. The safer chemicals list does not include impurities.

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