SEARCHING FOR CONSUMER PRODUCTS
Scorecard does not currently support searches by consumer
product name. However, there are two ways to gain information
about the chemicals in consumer products.
If you have a product you are concerned about, look at its label and then search by chemical name in Scorecard' About the Chemicals section.
If you are concerned about a chemical and want to know which products it may be in, go to the About the Chemicals section and find the chemical you are interested in. Scorecard's chemical profiles contain a "Chemical Use Profile" section that provides this information if it is available. Scorecard currently focuses on pesticides and consumer products, building materials or furnishings that contribute to indoor air pollution, so it may not include the consumer product category you are interested in. (See Scorecard's Source for Data on Chemicals in Consumer Products).
Scorecard is not a good place to search for information about over-the-counter or prescription drugs.
SEARCHING FOR A CHEMICAL
If you want to find information about a chemical, use Scorecard's search engine. Searching by
Chemical Abstract Services (CAS) number is much quicker than by name. You need to know the exact CAS number, because Scorecard does not provide results "similar" or "close" to the CAS number entered.
If you don't know the CAS number, search by name. The search is a little slower because Scorecard looks over 90,000 chemical synonyms, and returns a list of exact and close matches for you to select from. If you're not sure about a chemical's entire name, you can search on just the part of its name that you remember.
Scorecard contains reports on 6,800 chemicals, but there are over 70,000 chemicals in commercial use. If you search by CAS number and can't find a chemical report, it's probably not in Scorecard. The system includes most chemicals used in high-volume or subject to various regulatory programs, so it is safe to assume there is very little known about the environmental health impacts of a chemical if you can't find it in Scorecard. Note that the system does not provide comprehensive coverage of either prescription or over-the-counter drugs, so do not expect to find much information about therapeutic products here.
SEARCHING FOR HEALTH EFFECTS
Scorecard focuses on twelve general categories of health effects chemicals can cause, but it does not contain information linking chemicals to specific diseases. For example, you cannot search Scorecard
for chemicals known to cause leukemia, but you can search for chemicals that cause cancer. See Health
Effects for the general categories Scorecard covers and access to lists of chemicals that are recognized or suspected of causing different
SEARCHING FOR REGULATORY LISTS
See Scorecard's Regulatory
Controls section for the lists Scorecard currently includes. Most major federal environmental laws addressing toxics are included, as well as a selection of international lists. Currently, Scorecard only contains state regulatory lists for California. Other state lists may be added in the future, if they are available in digital format.
SEARCHING FOR A SPECIFIC FACILITY OR CHEMICAL NAME IN A LONG LIST
Because of the enormous amount of information included in
Scorecard, sometimes the lists of ranked facilities or
chemical names can be overwhelming. If you are looking for
specifics in a long list and want to avoid slowly
scrolling through it, remember that you can use your
browser's own text search tool, usually called "find" in the