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Safer Choice

Safer Choice Performance Measures

Each year, EPA tracks performance measures for the Safer Choice program related to the number of products certified under the program, the number of chemicals added to the Safer Chemical Ingredients List (SCIL), and the time it takes to review applications for Safer Choice product certification. These measures are useful in assessing the program's performance, determining the program's impact on the market for safer chemical ingredients, and developing ways to improve the program in the future. 

The following measures are expressed as annual goals and reflect performance associated with those goals for the last five calendar years. EPA plans to update these measures on an annual basis each January. 

Safer Choice Performance Measures, Calendar Years 2016-2020, Updated January 2021

Measure Annual Goal 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
Number of products certified by the program 200 products 264 products 265 products 249 products 240 products 247 products
Number of chemicals added to the SCIL 25 chemicals 21 chemicals1 24 chemicals 35 chemicals 94 chemicals 98 chemicals
Time to review Safer Choice product submissions2 80% of submissions reviewed within eight weeks of EPA receipt 90% of submissions reviewed within eight weeks of EPA receipt        

1EPA did not meet this goal for 2020 by a small number of chemicals. EPA is committed to continuing to list safer chemicals on the SCIL and will continue to work diligently to ensure that chemicals that meet the requirements of the SCIL are reviewed and listed in a timely manner and comply with all program requirements.

2EPA began tracking progress associated with this goal in 2020.