Research

Silicones are among the most extensively studied materials in consumer and industrial uses today. More than 1,000 studies over several decades have been conducted to assess the safety of silicones for workers, consumers, the environment, and manufacturing processes. This science, which the GSC coordinates globally, overwhelmingly confirms the safety of silicone materials when they are used for their intended purposes.

A host of independent scientists and expert scientific panels have confirmed silicones’ safety both for human health and the environment. These bodies include the U.S. Cosmetic Ingredient Review, the EU Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety, Health Canada, and Environment Canada’s Board of Review. As part of its ongoing commitment to silicone safety, the GSC supports continuous research into its products and undertakes voluntary stewardship activities.

Health

Due to their versatility and safety profile, silicones are used in hundreds of applications that improve people’s lives every day. Silicones have been subject to numerous scientific studies, which conclude that they are safe for human health, when used for their intended purposes. Regulatory agencies in Canada and Europe have reviewed these materials and all have concluded that they pose no risk to human health. Expert scientific panels, such as the U.S. Cosmetic Ingredient Review, also have concluded that silicones do not pose a risk to human health in cosmetic applications.

For information about North American research, visit: http://www.sehsc.com/science.asp

For information about European research, visit:  http://www.silicones-science.com/responsible-care/health

Environment

Silicones are a key ingredient in a wide range of products that support the quality and safety of modern life. It is important to be certain, however, that these benefits are not gained at the expense of the environment. Silicone producers together form a major sector of the global economy and protecting health, wildlife and the natural environment is a priority. A substantial body of scientific data supports the environmental safety of silicone materials. Numerous studies – conducted both by the industry and independent scientists – demonstrate that the substances pose no risk to the environment. The silicone industry furthermore supports continuous research and testing, sharing the results with national and international regulators. On this basis the silicones industry is convinced that the materials are safe for the environment when used for their intended purposes.

For information about North American research, visit:  http://www.sehsc.com/srp.asp

For information about European research, visit:  http://www.silicones-science.com/responsible-care

For information about Japanese research, visit:  http://www.siaj.jp/en/silicone_world/env.html