Commitments and responsibilities

All those who interact with the manufacture or use of silicones expect high standards of protection for health, biodiversity and the environment.

CES is committed to sustainability throughout the value chain

Protecting these values is the top priority of the silicones industry. The members of CES – Silicones Europe fully research and test all their products and share results with national and international regulators. On the basis of this testing and on extensive independent research, we are convinced that our products are safe when used as intended.

The silicones industry cares

CES members take part in the Responsible Care ® initiative of the European and worldwide chemical industry. Responsible Care is the industry’s commitment to continual improvement in all aspects of Health, Safety and Environment performance and to openness in communications about its activities and achievements.

Emissions management toolkit

The silicones industry always strives for the highest standards for our products throughout their production. We are committed to proactively addressing any concerns around our substances, and their potential release into the environment.

Together with the independent provider ERM, we have put together a guide to understand if there is potential for chemical emissions from our products, and to provide a set of risk management measures that our value chain can review and use to minimise such potential emissions. Specifically, the guide is directed at downstream users of octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4), decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) and dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6).

We understand how important it is for our value chain to know exactly what type of substances are in their silicone polymers. To this end, we have developed three state-of-the-art analytical methods:

  • Quantification of residual amounts of cyclic volatile methylsiloxanes in fully-formulated personal care products
  • Quantification of residual amounts of cyclic volatile methyl siloxanes in silicone elastomers
  • Quantification of residual amounts of cyclic volatile methyl siloxanes in silicone fluids

Because of their widespread use, as part of the Silicones Industry’s commitment to the safety of its products and its sound product stewardship practices, the industry has proactively conducted several modelling and monitoring initiatives for the substances used to make silicones, to enable active engagement in addressing concerns as they arise. Read more in our monitoring initiatives report, as well as our recent study to assess presence of siloxanes in waste water.

CES is committed to research

The silicones industry has committed to a wide range of activities in order to evaluate the safety of substances used in the production of silicones.
Among these are several programmes aimed at measuring concentrations of cyclosiloxanes around the world. The large volumes of data generated from these programmes demonstrate that concentrations of cyclosiloxanes do not pose a risk to the environment.

Other research programmes, aimed at measuring possible effects on human health, continue to show that silicones and siloxanes are safe. Read more about these initiatives in our science section.