The Green Seal Standard for Soaps, Cleansers, Hand Sanitizers, and Shower Products, GS-44, establishes requirements for hand, hair, and body soaps and cleansers used and rinsed after use. This includes liquid and solid soap and cleansers, shampoo, conditioner, and related shower products for baby, child, adult, and professional-use. Also included are alcohol-based hand sanitizers that are leave-on products meant for consumer use. 

The standard is the first standard that comprehensively addresses the health, environmental, and labeling concerns for these personal care products. For example, the standard prohibits carcinogens, such as 1,4-dioxane, and other hazardous materials commonly found in these products. In addition, this standard requires labeling of ingredient for all products and defines common claims made on these products such as natural, organic, and biobased. As a result, this standard provides a way for consumers to know that their personal care products do not contain the harmful components they are concerned about and that any claims about these products are validated.

The standard can serve as a tool to help companies begin to take action to improve their products and is available for Green Seal certification.

Latest version: Edition 4.2, September 10, 2020

Recent Changes
GS-44 underwent corrections and/or clarifications and was re-published on January 29, 2021. For details on the non-substantive changes made to this standard, please see the Standard Documents Library


Recent Revision:

Green Seal has added standard criteria for alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Visit our Library of Standards Documents to see a complete record of the standard criteria development process. 


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