Overview

The Toxnot-Declare partnership offers users an expanded set of features, so you can create and manage your Declare Labels faster than ever.

Declare Labels make a powerful statement on visibility and transparency for your consumers, and are easily configured, generated, and submitted to the International Living Futures Institute (ILFI) from your existing products in Toxnot.

To learn more about Declare Labels, see ILFI's About Declare.

To create a draft Declare Label in Toxnot, simply open a product from your library and select Report > Declare™ > Which type of label:

The information that appears on your Declare Label is configured in the Bill of Materials (BOM) Editor, BOM Summary Data, and the Declare Label Preview.

Label Types

You can make two different label types for Declare, but both will be accessed from the same dropdown. 

Declare Label (Just Substances)

This label will simply look at the rows in your BOM that are substances and then create the ingredients list based on those. It will not divide the ingredient up into their various components. An example of that type is above. 

Declare Label (Materials and Substances) 

This label will look at the materials and substances in your BOM and list the ingredients in the Declare label based on which substance they are in. In order for this label type to work correctly, it is important to have weight or % by weight information at the component levels. For example, this simple BOM contains all the weight %information in the product % by weight column, including information for the components.

It will create a Declare label below if Materials and Substances type is selected.

Basic Information

  • Your Product Name and Description appear at the top of the label.
  • The Manufacturer Name is configured in the General page of the product's Summary Data.
  • Final Assembly, Life Expectancy, and End of Life Options are all configured in the Declare Template Fields of the product's Summary Data.

Ingredients

The list of ingredients is created based on your product's substances. Declare Labels have a reporting threshold of 100 ppm, so a product with less than 0.01% total Product % by Weight will be omitted.

Proprietary Ingredients

Substances which you or your suppliers designate as Proprietary in Toxnot will appear as "Undisclosed" on your Declare Label. If the substance is included in the Red or Orange lists, they will still have the corresponding hazard color.

Modifying and Omitting Ingredients

Occasionally it is necessary to document a substance which does not have a corresponding CASRN in Toxnot, or to omit an ingredient.

You can modify ingredient names and omissions within the Declare Template Preview:

Modifications that you make to chemical names will only be visible in Declare labels. To change the chemical names everywhere the chemical is used, use our custom chemical name manager to keep things consistent. Read more here.

Living Building Challenge Criteria Information

The following information can be configured in your product's Summary Data:

  • CSI Master Format
  • Declaration Status
  • VOC Content
  • VOC Emissions

Submitting your Label

From the Declare Label Preview, you can choose to Submit Declare Label to ILFI. All the step after that for submission, review, approval and publishing are available in our next article following the button below. 

Choosing to submit your data will send a summary of your Declare Label to the ILFI for review, including your name and email address registered in Toxnot. Data you have marked as proprietary will remain Undisclosed in this submission.

The ILFI team will reach out to you as they review your submission. Submissions require a membership with the ILFI, and they will contact you if you do not have one. See the next article to learn more about the details of the submitting and approval process.

Getting Help

Do you have a question about the workflow or issues you've found? 

Use the Intercom chat service in the bottom-right of your screen to connect to a Toxnot Customer Success Engineer, and we'll get back to you with the information or help you need. 

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