Insight and compliance strategies for manufacturers facing the new EPA limits

The EPA has designated 1,4-dioxane as a suspected carcinogen. Consequently, New York regulations signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in December 2019 lower the acceptable amount of 1,4-dioxane allowed in household cleaning, cosmetics and personal care products over the next two years.

Although not intentionally added, 1,4-Dioxane can be found as an impurity in many cosmetics, personal care products and household cleaners. it is a by-product as part of the manufacturing ethoxylation processes for some of the commonly added ingredients for these products. These ingredients may include sodium laureth sulfate, polyethylene glycol or PEG, polypropylene glycol or PPG, polyoxyethylene ether sulfate, polyethylene, polysorbate and ingredients with suffixes that include –oxynol–, –ceteareth– and –oleth–. It may also be introduced into these products during the manufacturing process from processing aids and manufacturing equipment.

How Quantum Can Help
Our laboratory is equipped with multiple Headspace GC and Headspace GC-MS instruments, including tandem ms/ms, capable of meeting both current and future testing requirements. And, our highly experienced scientists can assist you in meeting the challenges of reducing or eliminating 1,4-Dioxane in your cosmetic, personal care and household cleaners to meet newly enacted limits. 

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