Chemical Policy

Our Policy:
At Rite Aid, our mission is to improve the health and wellness of our communities through engaging experiences that provide our customers with the best products, services and advice to meet their unique needs. This commitment extends into our ongoing efforts to ensure that we meet the expectations of our customers in terms of the safety of some of the ingredients found in many products we sell today.

Rite Aid is committed to working with our supplier partners to ensure the products we sell are safe and healthy for our customers and the environment, and to keeping our stakeholders informed about our continuous efforts and progress in selling safe products.

Current Status:
Rite Aid has been working in recent years to eliminate chemicals of concern from its product assortment.   In 2016, Rite Aid committed to eliminating eight chemicals of high concern from its private brand formulated products by 2020.  These chemicals include:

  • triclosan
  • propylparaben
  • formaldehyde
  • dibutyl pthalate
  • toluene
  • diethyl pthalate
  • butylparaben
  • nonylphenol ethoxylates

Most recent supplier surveys indicate that the number of private brand products containing any of these chemicals has decreased by 54%, and that the number of suppliers producing private brand products for Rite Aid that contain these chemicals has dropped by 64%.  Rite Aid is on track to meet our elimination commitment by 2020.

In addition to formulated products, Rite Aid will continue to conduct testing to ensure imported products are compliant with regulatory requirements as well as additional Rite Aid standards. View the complete list of restricted substances.

Current Initiatives:
In 2018, Rite Aid will launch the following initiatives to strengthen and expand its chemical policy programs:

  • Rite Aid will publicly disclose its Restricted Substance List (RSL), which is being expanded to go beyond regulatory requirements and include additional chemicals that the US retail sector has prioritized for elimination.  As a result, the RSL will increase from 8 chemicals of concern to 69.
  • Rite Aid will move from survey-based assessments of RSL compliance to automated screening using the WERCSmart platform. Rite Aid will require that private brand suppliers report all ingredients in their formulated products to WERCSmart.
  • Rite Aid will expand its chemical policy to cover formulated products made by national brands. Rite Aid will screen these products for chemicals on the RSL and for chemicals on the six authoritative and regulatory lists that comprise the Beauty and Personal Care (BPC) stewardship list, which are:
    • CA EPA Prop 65 – Reproductive and Developmental Toxicants, Carcinogens
    • EPA Toxics Release Inventory PBTs
    • EU – Cosmetics Regulation Annex II
    • EU – Priority Endocrine Disruptors (Categories 1, 2)
    • EU REACH – Annex XVII CMRs (Appendices 1 - 6)
    • IARC – Categories 1, 2A, 2B
  • Rite Aid will align its activities with other retail sector initiatives that are designed to provide suppliers with consistent guidance about the chemicals which retailers believe require special stewardship efforts to meet consumer demand for safer products.  Rite Aid is seeking to join the multi-stakeholder BPC initiative and will request that all Rite Aid suppliers of beauty and personal care products participate in its Product Sustainability Rating System.
  • Rite Aid will encourage its suppliers to avoid ingredients on its RSL and on the six authoritative and regulatory lists that comprise the Beauty and Personal Care (BPC) stewardship list and use alternatives identified as “Safer Chemicals” by the US EPA Safer Choice program.
  • Rite Aid will promote more comprehensive ingredient disclosure to consumers and will encourage suppliers to publicly disclose all ingredients online or on pack, including the constituents of fragrance and other generic ingredients.  Rite Aid will inform customers about products that are “free of” specific chemicals of concern and will promote third-party certifications, such as US EPA Safer Choice products. 

Continuous Improvement Goals:
To assist Rite Aid’s stakeholders in understanding the impact of the initiatives outlined above, Rite Aid will begin reporting progress on the following set of Key Performance Indicators in 2019:

  • Progress towards 100% elimination of eight chemicals of high concern from Rite Aid private brand formulated products
  • Number of new products launched in a year that are free of these eight chemicals of high concern

Rite Aid’s long-term goal is to extend its chemical policy to cover all of the products sold in its stores.  This will be a multi-year effort, and Rite Aid is prioritizing which product categories Rite Aid will be expanding into next.  Initially in 2019, Rite Aid will extend its chemical program to cover formulated products like over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements, as well as food and beverages. We will also review our operations to identify and act on emerging chemical issues that raise significant consumer concerns.


Updated September 20, 2018