Product Safety

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We hold ourselves to the highest standards

For over 181 years, your safety and the safety of our world has been at the heart of what we do. That’s why we have a team of more than 500 scientists and professionals and a rigorous safety process to analyse every ingredient—before we ever consider putting it in one of our products.

Our 4-step process

Safety is at the heart of everything we do. Before we market a new product, we go beyond regulatory compliance to ensure every ingredient’s safety through a four-step, science-based process. We use the same process as regulatory agencies around the world, like US FDA, EPA, the EU, the WHO, and others.

Step 1


Scientist researching ingredients

Before we use any ingredient, our scientists start by asking questions. If there’s any doubt about its safety or benefit to you, we won’t use it.

Step 2


Defining ingredient’s safe range

We define the ingredient’s safe range using the same science-based standards as major regulatory agencies around the world.

Step 3


Scientist evaluating ingredients

We evaluate all the ingredients in the product to ensure they are safe when used - both for you and the environment. If we can’t confirm that, we go back to the drawing board.

Step 4


4-Step process: Keep up with new information

Our last step never ends. Once a product is on shelves, we keep up with new information on each ingredient—collaborating on new products safety methods with regulatory agencies and scientists outside of P&G to make sure we’re up to date.

Most importantly, we listen to you —making sure the products we design meet your expectations for safety and performance.

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Consumer product safety starts with ingredients. We know you may have questions and concerns about specific ones... so, here, you’ll find details about some of the more common questions we receive regarding the product ingredients we choose—and many we actively avoid.

See our ingredients