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Soaps & Detergents: Resources

These frequently asked questions and answers and links to resources may be helpful to those new to manufacturing soap or detergents and for those who want to learn more about making soap in the United States.

Q. Does ACI provide assistance in formulating detergents?
ACI does not provide assistance in formulating detergents but you can check out AOCS consulting services.

Q. Does ACI have a list of ingredients I can use to make soap?
If you are interested in the chemistries of US products, many manufacturers list the ingredients in their cleaning product brands online. Learn more about the Consumer Product Ingredient Communication Initiative.

Q. What are the standards and regulations that apply to manufacturing cleaning products?
Here are some of the agencies that may have regulations that pertain to your products:
Additionally a list of major standards and regulations has been compiled by SGS.

Q. How do I know if my product is regulated by FDA?
The scope of FDA’s regulatory authority is very broad. FDA's responsibilities are closely related to those of several other government agencies. FDA has a handy flow chart you can use to determine if your product is regulated by FDA. 


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