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Designated Lists

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Chemicals are the building blocks of life. Everything we see, touch, taste and smell is composed of one or more chemicals. They are part of our daily life, whether it is living or inanimate. Many of these chemicals are vital to life. They can be found at all levels, sometimes very small such as for vitamins and minerals, and some in very large percentages, such as water. Chemicals can be naturally occurring or manufactured in chemical facilities, and some are even made by the body itself…leading some to speculate that the human body is one of the most complex chemical manufacturing plants in the world!

According to the World Health Organization,

"…many chemicals can, when properly used, significantly contribute to the improvement of our quality of life, health and well-being. But other chemicals are highly hazardous and can negatively affect our health and environment when improperly managed." https://www.who.int/ipcs/assessment/public_health/chemicals_phc/en/

It is often the dose and exposure of these chemicals that determine its impact on our health and the environment. The type of exposure as well as the duration of exposure are both critical elements to consider. Scientists around the world are constantly studying and doing research to further our understanding.

What are Designated Lists?

To aid in managing and studying these chemicals, government agencies and other academic groups often create lists of chemicals that have similar characteristics or concerns. Each of these lists are referred to as a "Designated List". These lists are assembled and managed by skilled scientists who are constantly researching and studying these chemicals. And, our RB scientists and toxicologists are constantly monitoring these lists, as well as the actual studies, to ensure that our products contain ingredients that are safe to use as directed.

Which Lists does RB report on this website?

Below are the 29 Designated Lists that RB reports on this website. 23 of these lists are required as part of the California regulations for Cleaning products. The other 6 are lists that the State of New York has found relevant to cleaning products. Next to the list name, there will be a description of the list and a hyperlink where you can click to go to the source for further study and information. There are other lists that RB checks as well. Some of these are mandatory lists that a chemical needs to be on in order to sell the product in the US (TSCA) or in Canada (DSL). Our mission and mandate is to ensure that consumers are provided with products that are safe and effective to use as directed.

On the product website pages, if a chemical is one of these 29 lists, it will have the symbol DL next to it. This means that it is on one or more of the below lists. The actual list(s) it appears on will be provided as well as the hyperlink to the source website.


List Short Name Description
CA Prop 65 Chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity (including developmental, female and male toxicity) that are listed pursuant to the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 2, Subdivision 1, Chapter 3, Sections 1200 et seq, also known as Proposition 65).
EU CMRs Chemicals classified by the European Union as carcinogens, mutagens, and/or reproductive toxicants in Category 1A and 1B in Annex VI to Regulation (EC) 1272/2008.
EU Endocrine Disruptors Chemicals included in the European Union candidate list of Substances of Very High Concern in accordance with Article 59 of Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 on the basis of Article 57(f) for endocrine disrupting properties.
IRIS Neurotoxicants Chemicals for which a reference dose or reference concentration has been developed based on neurotoxicity in the Unites States Environmental Protection Agency's Integrated Risk Information System.
IRIS Carcinogens Chemicals that are identified as "carcinogenic to humans", "likely to be carcinogenic to humans", or Group A, B1, or B2 carcinogens in the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Integrated Risk Assessment System.
EU PBTs Chemicals included in the European Union candidate list of Substances of Very High Concern in accordance with Article 59 of Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 on the basis of Article 57(d), Article 57(e), or Article 57(f) for persistent bioaccumulative and toxic, or very persistent and very bioaccumulative properties.
Canada PBTs Chemicals that are identified as Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and Inherently Toxic to the environment by the Canadian Environmental Protection Act Environmental Registry Domestic Substances List.
EU Respiratory Sensitizers Chemicals classified by the European Union as respiratory sensitizers Category 1 in Annex VI to Regulation (EC) 1272/2008.
IARC Carcinogens Group 1, 2a, or 2b carcinogens identified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, World Health Organization, in Monographs on the Evaluation of Carcinogenic Risks to Humans.
ATSDR Neurotoxicants Neurotoxicants that are identified in the United States' Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's Toxic Substances Portal under "Health Effects of Toxic Substances and Carcinogens, Nervous System."
US EPA Priority Chemicals List Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic Priority Chemicals that are identified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency's National Waste Minimization Program.
US NTP Reproductive or Developmental Toxicants Reproductive or developmental toxicants identified in "Monograph on the Potential Human Reproductive and Developmental Effects" published by the United States Department of Health and Human Services' National Toxicology Program, Office of Health Assessment and Translation.
US EPA PBTs Chemicals identified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Toxics Release Inventory program as Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic Chemicals that are subject to reporting under Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986.
WA PBTs The Washington Department of Ecology's Persistent, Bioaccumulative, Toxic (PBT) Chemicals identified in the Washington Administrative Code, Title 173, Chapter 173-333.
US NTP Carcinogens Chemicals that are identified as "known to be" or "reasonably anticipated to be" human carcinogens in the 13th Report on Carcinogens and any subsequent revisions prepared by the United States Department of Health and Human Services' National Toxicology Program.
CA NLs Chemicals for which notification Levels, as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 116455, have been established by the California Department of Public Health or the State Water Resources Control Board.
CA MCLs Chemicals for which primary Maximum Contaminant Levels have been stablished and adopted under Sections 64431 or 64444 of Chapter 15 of Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations.
CA TACs Chemicals identified as Toxic Air Contaminants under Sections 93000 or 93001 of Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations.
CA Priority Pollutants Chemicals that are identified as priority pollutants in the California Water Quality Control Plans under Section 303(c) of the federal Clean Water Act and in Section 131.38 of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, or identified as pollutants by California or the United State Environmental Protection Agency for one or more water bodies in California under Section 303(d) of the federal Clean Water Act and Section 130.7 of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
CA Non-Cancer Hazards Chemicals that are identified with non-cancer endpoints and listed with an inhalation or oral Reference Exposure Level by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment under Health and Safety Code Section 44360(b)(2).
CA Priority Chemicals Chemicals identified as priority chemicals by the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring program pursuant to Section 105449.
Marine Priority Action Chemicals Chemicals that are identified on Part A of the list of Chemicals for Priority Action prepared by the Oslo and Paris Conventions for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic.
EU Fragrance Allergens Chemicals identified as fragrance allergens in Annex III of the EU Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009, as required to be labeled by the European Detergents Regulation No. 648/2004.
AOEC Asthmagens Chemicals designated as asthmagens by the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics.
US EPA TSCA Chemicals of Concern Chemicals for which the United States Environmental Protection Agency has issued a Chemical of Concern Action Plan pursuant to the federal Toxic Substances Control Act.
US EPA Ozone Depletors Chemicals identified as a Class I or Class II Ozone-Depleting Substance by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
NY DOH MCLs Chemicals for which Maximum Contaminant Levels have been established and adopted in Tables 1, 3, 3A, and 7 of Subpart 5-1.52 of Title 10 of the New York Code of the Rules and Regulations (10 NYCRR Subpart 5-1.52).
GLWQA Chemicals of Mutual Concern Chemicals identified as Chemicals of Mutual Concern developed under the 2012 U.S./ Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) Annex 3.
NY Air Toxics Chemicals identified as high toxicity air contaminants in Part 212 of Title 6 of the New York Codes of Rules and Regulations (6 NYCRR Subpart 212-2.2, as defined in Subpart 212-1.2 (b)(9)).

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