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EWG to Remove Certification Score Boost

Date posted: 2019-02-15

After careful consideration, EWG has decided to adjust our scoring methods to remove the score boost we give products that have obtained Green Seal and Ecologo certification. These certifications remain robust indicators of healthier and more environmentally friendly products compared to conventional counterparts but we no longer view the score boost as necessary or warranted.

We implemented the original score boost for products with these certifications in 2012 because the majority of companies at the time were not publicly disclosing most or even any ingredients. With company commitments to complete ingredient disclosure on the rise, our need to rely on outside ingredient scrutiny has become unnecessary.

Of particular concern for EWG is that a number of the ingredients that may be used within Green Seal and Ecologo products are at odds with our opinion of their hazard profile, including those for quaternary ammonium compounds (quats), ester quats, and isothiazolinones.

We will continue to display these certifications under the green certified tab of product pages alongside a short list of others we feel can provide value to the public.

Please direct any questions or comments you have regarding this notice to [email protected]

Disclosure Scoring Update

Date posted: 2019-02-01

Ingredient information found on the label is often missing or incomplete, hindering the public from making better choices while they shop. EWG has updated the Guide to Healthy Cleaning to reflect the increased company adoption of digital tools that offer the public access to more complete ingredient information on the go. Starting in February 2019, if a product label has a machine-scannable barcode or QR code that allows consumers to access further ingredient information at the point of sale, the website disclosure score is multiplied by 1.5 and it is calculated from a possible nine points. For more details on our disclosure scoring, please visit step 8 (calculating a product disclosure score) of our methodology.

Updates coming in 2019

Date posted: 2019-01-18

EWG is conducting toxicity reviews and updating references to ensure we incorporate the latest science. The new data includes the most recently available chemical hazard information from the European Chemicals Agency based on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of chemicals, and may or may not affect ingredient and product scores.

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EWG provides information on cleaning product ingredients from published scientific literature, to supplement incomplete data available from companies and the government. The ratings indicate the relative level of concern posed by exposure to the ingredients in this product - not the product itself - compared to other product formulations. The ratings reflect potential health hazards but do not account for the level of exposure or individual susceptibility, factors that determine actual health risks, if any. (Hide)
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