Ingredient Safety

Our companies buy and manufacture an array of raw materials, active ingredients, packaging components, and other supplies to make our products. We also use advanced technologies to deliver products with superior performance features. The safety and quality of these materials and technologies are critical to the success and safety of final products.

We continually monitor evolving science on the ingredients we use and carefully consider the feedback of consumers and other interested parties, exploring alternative options for new formulations when warranted. Before raw materials are used, our pharmacologists, toxicologists, laboratory analysts and other health scientists conduct extensive evaluations in laboratories maintained by Johnson & Johnson for this purpose. We employ sophisticated tools and systems to help identify factors that may affect product quality, efficacy and safety.

In 2011, we made a global commitment to remove formaldehyde-releasing preservatives and to further reduce traces of 1,4-dioxane from applicable products by December 2015. This was a decision made based on changing consumer sentiment. As of January 2016, we have met all our commitments; we have reduced and eliminated certain ingredients in our baby and beauty products worldwide. Our efforts to phase out or restrict several additional ingredients from our products continue, as shown in the table below. For more information on our efforts, safety process, ingredient safety policies and programs, visit Our Safety & Care Commitment website.

Our Safety and Care commitment is about reformulating for trust. Trust means earning consumer confidence in our ingredient selection and decision-making process as a company, and also making the views and concerns of the people who use our products a part of this process. We have taken a leadership role in eliminating certain ingredients from all our consumer products globally and we are committed to respond to evolving consumer priorities around ingredients.  Over one billion people trust the quality and safety of our products, and maintaining this trust is of paramount importance to us.