Green Business
Proposed Revisions to Cleaning Product Standards

Status of Project: Completed.

On September 8, 2017, new editions of these standards were issued.

  • Response to Comments [PDF]
  • Includes all comments by registered stakeholders, Green Seal's responses, and details about new updates.
Landing Pages of Revised Standards
Red-Lined Standards
These documents show the updates that were made by comparing the previous edition to the new editions issued on September 8, 2017.


Project Information and Updates

  • New editions were issued on September 8, 2017. 

Details of the Standard Revision

Goals of this revision were:

  • To improve the clarity, consistency, and readability of the standards; 
  • Modify the requirements where necessary so that they are practical to review during the certification process, while ensuring that they continue to provide an accurate definition of leadership levels of protection;
  •  To delete or update requirements that do not lead to a significant increase the protection of human or environmental health.
Topics of the Revision:
•  Threshold of Evaluation for Components and Ingredients  
•  Skin and Eye Hazard Requirements
•  Acute Toxicity 
•  Toxicity to Aquatic Life
•  Biodegradability Requirements
•  Skin Sensitization Requirements 
•  Requirements for Disposable Wipes
•  Colorant Requirements
•  Substances That Release Carcinogens
•  Updates to Packaging Requirements
•  Resin Identification Codes on Plastic Packaging
•  Prohibition of Heavy Metals in Products and Packaging
•  Scope of GS-37
•  Addition of Annex B for Closed Dilution-Control System Requirements
•  Alternative Product Testing Requirements 
•  Dilution Levels for Performance Requirements 
•  Spray Packaging for Enzymatic and Microbially-Based Cleaners 
•  Deletion of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Requirement

Stakeholder Comment Period

  • The Public Comment Period closed on January 16, 2017

    Notices and Documents



    Green Seal is a nonprofit organization devoted to increasing environmental sustainability through standard setting, product certification, and public education. Our standards help companies and purchasers to reduce the environmental impacts associated with the manufacture, use, and disposal of products, to the extent technically and economically feasible.