SMRF product and ingredients database

SMRF’s electronic database actively works on creating a safety profile for personal care, cosmetics and feminine hygiene products in the market. Safety and quality are essential components that a consumer look for, in a product. SMRF database on products helps consumers in assessing the safety and quality in a more scientific way. Product database provides detailed information on ingredients safety, product claims and compliance to the labelling information according to the law. Openly available scientific facts from reliable European, US and Australian chemical databases are used to rate chemical ingredients. These sources include governmental agencies, non-governmental agencies and research publications. Collating these data and providing a customised product assessment assists consumers in making informed decisions.

Product categories

SMRF product categories are baby care, personal care and feminine hygiene products.

Product safety ratings

In most cases, product details that are used for rating are collected from the product labels. In the case of a SMRF verified product the data for the product ratings is directly provided by the brand. Product safety ratings are dependent on the ingredients safety/ risk and the data availability. Each ingredient is assessed for its potential risks and a score of 1 (Poor) to 10 (Good) is provided for each product.

Health risk indicators

Overall product concerns specifically list out three major health risk indicators namely cancer, reproductive and developmental toxicity and allergy/ sensitisation.

Ratings of a product and its ingredients are highly dependent on the health risk indicators and the availability and reliability of the data for these risk points. The databases used to collect ingredients health data can be seen in this link https://safetymonitor.org/ingredients-assessment/. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list.

Exposure band

Exposure band for a product can be classified in to two types; Exposure time and user type

a. Product exposure time on a consumer

i. Leave on – creams, sprays, lipstick and makeup articles.

ii. Rinse off – soap, shampoo, hair dye etc.

b. User profile

i. Baby care/ products that are likely to be used by kids as well

ii. Adult products.

Rating or weightage of a potential risk may vary dependant on exposure band. For example, sensitisation and corrosive to eye rating can be dependent on exposure band and concentration.

In the case of verified products, the rating of an ingredient can vary .For  example, the rating of an ingredient ‘X’ may be rated ‘8’ whereas the same ‘X’ may be rated as 7 for a product that is not verified by SMRF. SMRF is able to leverage this due to traceability and complete transparency for the verified product and its ingredients.

Hazard score framework

Hazard score framework considers only consumer exposure and does not factor-in occupational hazards.

Health score Safety description Ingredients health risk indicator Ingredients data quality indicator
0 Banned ingredient Banned in any country Any countries gov. database
1 Poor Carcinogen, reproductive/developmental toxicity, genotoxicity, mutagenicity, EDCS and sensitisation*

ECHA, CIR, NICNAS

Governmental databases and Non gov.

2 Poor Carcinogen, reproductive/developmental toxicity, genotoxicity, mutagenicity, EDCS and sensitisation* CIR, NICNAS and non gov. databases
3 Poor Carcinogen, reproductive/developmental toxicity, genotoxicity, mutagenicity, EDCS and sensitisation* Non gov databases and scientific articles
4 Remotely moderate Target organ toxicity, corrosive to eye, acute toxicity and sensitisation*

ECHA, CIR, NICNAS

Governmental databases and Non gov.

5 Moderate Target organ toxicity, corrosive to eye, acute toxicity and sensitisation* CIR, NICNAS and non gov. databases
6 Moderate Target organ toxicity, corrosive to eye, acute toxicity and sensitisation* Non gov databases and scientific articles
7 Moderate Corrosive to eye**Restricted ECHA, CIR, NICNAS and non gov. databases
8 Good

Irritation to skin and eye.

Aspiration hazard. No other data available

Non gov databases and scientific articles
9 Good

Irritation to skin and eye.

Aspiration hazard.

ECHA, CIR, NICNAS and non gov. databases
10 Excellent Classified as not hazardous to human health in accordance with the GHS. Should not be a nano material

ECHA, CIR, NICNAS

Governmental databases and Non gov.

 

Data score framework

Data  ratings are dependent on the level of availability and the quality of data source.

Data

score

Safety description Data availability indicator Data quality indicator
0 None No data Absent in every possible source.
1 Poor Irritation to eye or skin or any minimal data Independent article
2 Poor Irritation to eye or skin Non gov. databases
3 Poor Irritation to eye or skin, Aspiration hazard. Only function of the chemical available gov databases and scientific articles
4 Remotely moderate Irritation to eye or skin, Acute toxicity Non gov databases and scientific articles
5 Moderate Irritation to eye or skin, Acute toxicity, corrosive to eye. CIR, NICNAS and non gov. datbases
6 Moderate Irritation to eye or skin, Acute toxicity, corrosive to eye and sensitisation

ECHA, CIR, NICNAS

Governmental databases and Non gov.

7 Moderate Irritation to eye or skin,Target organ toxicity, corrosive to eye, acute toxicity and sensitisation ECHA, CIR, NICNAS and non gov. datbases
8 Good Skin and eye irritation, Target organ toxicity, corrosive to eye, acute toxicity, sensitisation, repro, mutation

Non gov databases and scientific articles, CIR, NICNAS

Governmental databases and Non gov.

9 Good Skin and eye irritation, Target organ toxicity, corrosive to eye, acute toxicity, sensitisation, cancer, repro, mutation EECHA, CIR, NICNAS and non gov. databases
10 Excellent Skin and eye irritation, Target organ toxicity, corrosive to eye, acute toxicity, sensitisation, cancer, repro, mutation

ECHA, CIR, NICNAS

Governmental databases and Non gov.