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About Household Products Database

The Household Products Database of the National Library of Medicine is based on the Consumer Product Information Database ©2001-2008 by DeLima Associates. All rights reserved.

This database links over 8,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. The database is designed to help answer the following typical questions:

  • What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?
  • Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?
  • Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?
  • What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?
  • What other information is available about chemicals in the toxicology-related databases of the National Library of Medicine?

Information in the Household Products Database (the database) is from a variety of publicly available sources including brand-specific labels and Material Safety Data Sheets when available from manufacturers and manufacturers' web sites. NLM and its Contractor (the Database Providers) do not test products nor investigate to determine if this information is complete or accurate. The Database Providers do their best to record the information as it appears on labels and other sources. Manufacturers frequently change formulations and although the Database Providers strive to keep information current, a lag period may occur between the time when a manufacturer makes a change to a label or a Material Safety Data Sheet, and the time a change appears in the database. As a result, The Database Providers cannot guarantee that the information in the database is 100% accurate, current or complete at a particular point in time. When precise ingredient information is important, the database should not be considered a substitute for reading labels on products or for contacting the manufacture. For these purposes, the Database Providers have provided telephone numbers and mailing addresses where available.

The National Library of Medicine and its contractor make no expressed or implied warranties, representations or endorsements whatsoever (including, without limitation, warranties of title or non-infringement, or the implied warranties of fitness of brands for a particular purpose) with regard to any information provided through this on-line database.

The user assumes full responsibility for using this site and understands and agrees that the National Library of Medicine and its contractor are neither responsible nor liable to you or anyone else for any claim, loss or damage resulting from its use.

All brands and product names in this database are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. This database is provided to the National Library of Medicine under a license agreement with DeLima Associates as a copyrighted information resource for non-commercial use only. No part of this database may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including recording, or information storage and retrieval systems, for any purpose other than for the personal use of the site visitor. The National Library of Medicine welcomes links to the Household Products Database home page. The National Library of Medicine's license agreement with DeLima Associates does not permit framing the content from our site.

Initial funding for this database was provided by the National Center for Environmental Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Brands shown in the database were first selected in 1995 based on market share within each of 9 product categories and shelf presence in retail stores such as drugstores, supermarkets, auto parts stores, building supply stores, office supply stores, craft stores and pet stores.

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The mention of specific products and brands at this site does not constitute or imply a recommendation or endorsement by the National Library of Medicine.

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