What is GSC?
The GSC brings together all the major global manufacturers via the three Regional Silicone Industry Associations (RSIAs) located in North America, Europe, and Japan. Those associations are:
- Silicones Environmental, Health, and Safety Center (SEHSC) in North America
- CES – Silicones Europe (CES) in Europe
- Silicone Industry Association of Japan (SIAJ) in Japan
Among the GSC’s objectives are to promote the safe use and stewardship of silicones globally. To accomplish its mission, the GSC undertakes the following activities:
- Monitor the environmental, health, and safety activities of the three RSIAs and coordinate activities on a global basis.
- Proactively promote industry communication with regulatory bodies around the world and with international environmental, health, and safety organizations, such as the World Health Organization, the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, and the United Nations.
- Through the RSIAs, identify and anticipate opportunities to enhance environmental, health, and safety research relating to silicones and engage in global projects to communicate the industry’s product stewardship commitment.
- Through the RSIAs, sponsor projects to improve the public’s understanding of the benefits and safety of silicones.
The GSC has an agreement with the China Association of Fluorine and Silicone Industry (CAFSI) and the Solid Waste and Chemical Management and Technology Center (SCC) to jointly assess the potential environmental risks associated with D4 in China. CAFSI is a trade association representing Chinese companies based in the Chinese silicone industry. The SCC is a directly affiliated organization of the China Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) and provides technical evidence for MEP to make regulatory decisions.
Similarly, the GSC works closely with the Brazilian Chemical Industry Association (ABIQUIM) on issues relevant to the silicone industry in Brazil.