The American Cleaning Institute (ACI)

ACI Pilots New Data for Cleaning Product Ingredient Safety Initiative

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  • ACI Cleaning Product Ingredient Safety Initiative Available at
  • Initiative Showcases Environmental Data on Cleaning Product Ingredients
  • Website is Significant Transparency Initiative for the Cleaning Products Industry

Environmental data on 200+ chemicals in the U.S. consumer cleaning product supply chain are now available, in pilot phase, through the American Cleaning Institute’s Cleaning Product Ingredient Safety Initiative database.

"The environmental data available in ACI’s Cleaning Product Ingredient Safety Initiative makes public screening level risk assessment summaries for both human health and environmental health, which can be used to meet regulatory requirements,” said Kathleen Stanton, ACI Associate Vice President, Technical & International Affairs. "The expansion represents a continued commitment to transparency for the cleaning product supply chain.”

In addition to developing a quantitative estimate of environmental exposure, ACI published on its website a description of each ingredient, including:

  • the types of products in which it is used
  • the form of those products
  • the ingredient’s function within each of those products
  • the typical concentration range among the products
  • the most relevant routes of exposure associated with the use of those products.

This database was designed to characterize ingredients that are contained in household cleaning products using a risk-based approach in an aquatic environment. The results can be used to determine if environmental risks are anticipated to be negligible or if additional data are required to make a more realistic assessment. It will be most useful to regulators, researchers, and cleaning product industry formulators and suppliers looking for detailed information on ingredients used in consumer cleaning products.

ACI’s goal is to complete screening level environmental assessments for all ingredients in the database. 

The environmental data is in addition to the comprehensive human health assessments already available on the ACI website ( for 588 ingredients.

The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI – is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry® and represents the $60 billion U.S. cleaning product supply chain. ACI members include the manufacturers and formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and chemical distributors.  ACI serves the growth and innovation of the U.S. cleaning products industry by advancing the health and quality of life of people and protecting our planet. ACI achieves this through a continuous commitment to sound science and being a credible voice for the cleaning products industry.

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