• Thu. Feb 29th, 2024

EPA seeks input on the expansion of Safe Choice and Design for the Environment programs

EPA seeks input on the expansion of Safe Choice and Design for the Environment programs

Washington – Today the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a 45-day public comment period on the expansion of its Safer Choice and Design for Environment (DFE) programs to include certification of additional product categories beyond cleaners and disinfectants. Safer Choice and the DfE are voluntary EPA programs that help consumers, businesses and buyers find cleaning and disinfecting products that meet and meet strict EPA standards for effects on human health and the environment. The agency will hold a listening session webinar on August 29, 2023 to gather feedback on the certification of additional product categories through EPA’s Safer Choice and DfE programs.

As consumer interest in chemicals used in products increases, EPA is working to expand its certification programs to include additional product categories, reflecting the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to protecting human health, addressing polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and advancing environmental justice. The agency seeks input on which new product categories Safer Choice and DFE could be expanded to and how its expansion would provide a significant benefit to human health and the environment.

“Thanks to EPA’s Safer Choice and Design for the Environment programs, consumers have a tool to know if a product meets strict EPA standards for effects on human health and the environment,” said. EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Deputy Assistant Administrator for Pollution Prevention Jenny Romer. “We are eager to engage with various partners to expand the programs into additional product categories, empowering consumers to make informed choices about the products they use in their daily lives.”

As with cleaning products, the EPA will evaluate each ingredient against a rigorous set of health and environmental criteria outlined in the Safer Choice standard. The availability of EPA certified products will help consumers choose products that meet the EPA’s high standards for human and environmental health and do not contain intentionally added PFAS as part of meeting these standards.

EPA will hold a webinar to solicit input from stakeholders, including manufacturers, distributors, retailers, community groups, representatives from states, tribal nations, nonprofit organizations, and trade associations.

  • August 29, 2023, 2:00 pm ET: This webinar will seek input on the types of products that should be certified by Safer Choice and/or DfE and why. Register for the webinar here.

Comments should be submitted to Docket EPA-HQ-OPPT-2023-0311 at www.regulations.gov by September 11, 2023, when the Federal Register notice is published.

EPA will use written public input during the webinar and to guide the expansion and implementation of its Safer Choice and/or DfE programs.

A safe choice

Safer Choice promotes chemistry that meets the EPA’s strict standards for human health and the environment and provides opportunities for companies to differentiate their products in the marketplace with the Safer Choice label. With thousands of certified products, the Safer Choice label is a reliable way to find products with chemical ingredients that meet the EPA’s standards for “safe” without sacrificing performance.

Visit the Safer Choice Program website for more information.

Design for the Environment (DfE)

Similar to the Safer Choice label, the EPA’s Design for the Environment (DfE) logo helps consumers and commercial buyers identify antimicrobial products, such as disinfectants, that meet the health and safety criteria of the general pesticide registration process outlined in the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). When a consumer or buyer sees the EPA’s DfE logo on a product, they can feel confident that the product meets and meets the strict EPA standards for human health and the environment.

For more information visit the Design for the Environment website.

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