Latest Consumer Product Ingredients Dictionary Just Released

WASHINGTON, DC (July 18, 2014) – EPA Design for the Environment Program (DfE) requires all partner companies to engage in product ingredient disclosure. Earlier this year, Walmart announced that products sold in its stores – including household cleaning, personal care, beauty and cosmetic products –  must disclose product ingredients by Jan. 1, 2015. These two initiatives have two things in common: they both incorporate the Consumer Specialty Products Association’s (CSPA) ingredient communications model, and they both recognize the CSPA Consumer Products Ingredients Dictionary as a source for ingredient terminology.

The CSPA released the latest update of its dictionary July 18. Compiled by consumer product companies, it is the only comprehensive technical reference source for the ingredients used in consumer specialty products­­­.

The Consumer Product Ingredients Dictionary, Second Edition Third Update helps anyone interested in ingredient disclosure sort out chemical trade names, technical names and ingredient disclosure requirements, making it a vital resource for those engaged in consumer product ingredient communication.

The dictionary also contains references to the industry’s voluntary Consumer Product Ingredient Communication Initiative, the DfE Standard for Safer Products, and Walmart’s Policy on Sustainable Chemistry in Consumables.

The previous version was an essential reference and tool for R&D and regulatory compliance and our newest version is even more comprehensive:

  • 612 Ingredients used in aerosol products, air care products, antimicrobial products, automotive, cleaning products, polishes and floor maintenance products, and pest management products.
  • 1014 trade names and 2340 technical and other names from 53 suppliers establishing consistent nomenclature that is clear, simple, precise and accurate.
  • More than 600 pages of information, including ingredient monographs, indices and appendices with information to facilitate ingredient disclosure requirements.
  • Information on ingredient uses, functions, sources, chemical classes, finished products, and other technical and regulatory information, including any and all known Chemical Abstracts Service Registry (CAS) numbers and the Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) status for each ingredient as it relates to consumer product regulations, listed as being VOC, LVP, Partial VOC, Partial LVP, or Non-VOC.

The CSPA Consumer Product Ingredients Dictionary is available for purchase on CSPA’s website under either a single-user license or corporate-use license. In addition, these three key indices are available for free:


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The Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) is the premier trade association representing the interests of companies engaged in the manufacture, formulation, distribution and sale of more than $100 billion annually in the U.S. of familiar consumer products that help household and institutional customers create cleaner and healthier environments. CSPA member companies employ hundreds of thousands of people globally. Products CSPA represents include disinfectants that kill germs in homes, hospitals and restaurants; candles, and fragrances and air fresheners that eliminate odors; pest management products for home, garden and pets; cleaning products and polishes for use throughout the home and institutions; products used to protect and improve the performance and appearance of automobiles; aerosol products and a host of other products used every day. Through its product stewardship program, Product Care®, and scientific and business-to-business endeavors, CSPA provides its members a platform to effectively address issues regarding the health, safety and sustainability of their products. For more information, please visit

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