Stacy Glass and Lauren Heine, ChemFORWARD underlined the need to establish trusted downstream user information on chemicals in products. Firstly, toxicology data is missing on many chemicals. Secondly, data is not accessible to users. A survey of nearly fifty retailers and OEMs showed that they consider chemical hazard data to be essential for decision making but that the current system data is not harmonised, not peer-reviewed and not portable. They also noted an abundance of data on hazardous chemicals but a lack of data on safer alternatives. ChemFORWARD has therefore established a globally harmonized repository of chemical hazard data that is peer reviewed and subject to continuous improvement. The data sharing model makes the information cost-effective and widely accessible. The organisation has also developed the “SAFER” chemical information system, aiming to provide one inclusive profile for each chemical, linked to chemical trade names and including co-ingredients, and covering GHS Hazard classifications and available data. The profiles are validated by consultants and open to public challenge. The A to F rating enables equivalence to scores from other schemes: EPA SCIL (Safer Chemicals Ingredients List), GreenScreen, and Cradle-to-Cradle Certified. Raw materials with the SAFER designation are available on ChemFORWARD’s website and via B2B sites such as ChemSec’s MarketPlace.
Stacy Glass and Lauren Heine, ChemFORWARD
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