Silicone manufacturers around the world voluntarily support health
and environmental testing. This activity has been providing greater
scientific understanding of the health and environmental safety of
siloxanes used in consumer and industrial applications. The goal of the
research is to investigate potential health or environmental concerns
and communicate relevant research and safety information to regulatory
agencies, employees and customers.
Accordingly, the global silicone industry extensively studies the
human health and environmental impacts of its products. These studies
demonstrate that silicone materials are safe for human health and the
environment when used as they are intended. Regulatory agencies in
Canada, the United Kingdom (UK), and Europe have reviewed the scientific
data available for specific silicone materials. These reviews have
confirmed the safety of silicone materials for human health and the
environment. In addition, an expert scientific panel (Cosmetic
Ingredient Review (CIR)) has concluded that siloxanes do not pose a risk
to human health from their use in cosmetics.
Other science advisory boards, which include nationally and
internationally renowned scientists, are also used from time to time to
provide independent reviews of the testing strategy, methodology and
findings. Independent universities, qualified contract laboratories and
Industry laboratories perform and review the tests and studies. Research
results are regularly published in peer-reviewed journals.
Silicone manufacturers cooperate with global regulatory agencies to
assess data and ensure that silicones continue to be safe for human
health and the environment. Manufacturers are committed to making basic
environmental, health, and safety data on silicone-based materials
produced in high volumes available to all national governments through
the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Thousands of studies have been completed during nearly four decades
to support the safe use of siloxanes in their intended applications. A
fundamental underpinning of the silicone industry’s commitment to
product stewardship is the belief that comprehensive, robust,
weight-of-evidence (WoE), risk-based assessment should be the primary
driver for development of regulatory policy. A fundamental requirement
for the development of scientific assessments is the availability of
high-quality data. The silicone industry’s willingness to development
those data is also an illustration of the industry’s commitment to
generation of sound science to support regulatory decision-making.