EPA recommends the following private sector standards/ecolabels be used when purchasing hand soap. All federal ecolabel program(s) and statutory requirement(s) that apply to this product category are also listed below. If you are a U.S. federal government employee who would like free access to one of the private sector standards or ecolabels recommended by EPA, please email the EPP Program (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Recommended Private Sector Standards/Ecolabels
Agencies can use:
Green Seal™ 41 Standard for Hand Cleaners for Industrial and Institutional Use3
Ecologo/UL 2784 Standard for Hand Cleaners3
Federal Ecolabel Programs
Agencies can use one or more of the following:
BioPreferred® Program – USDA Certified Biobased
Products shall meet this statutory requirement:
BioPreferred® Program – Federal Purchasing
Inclusion in the Recommendations is not an endorsement by EPA of the standards/ecolabels or of any of the products conformant to these standards/ecolabels, but rather a statement that the standard/ecolabel meets either EPA’s Guidelines or is recommended for use by another Federal agency.