Independent scientific panel report leads to material being removed from
proposed list of toxic substances
HERNDON, VA, Feb. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - The Silicone Environmental Health &
Safety Council of North America (SEHSC) commends the Canadian
Environment Minister's decision to implement the findings of an
independent scientific panel that concluded that Siloxane D5 is safe for the environment. D5 is a widely used silicone material that can be found in a variety of
consumer and industrial products, such as shampoo, tires, cooking
utensils, and industrial sealants.
As a result of the Minister's acceptance of the "Board of Review" (BOR)
findings, D5 will be removed from a proposed list of toxic substances under the Canadian Environment Protection Act (CEPA). Prior to the Board of Review being established, Health Canada
had already determined that D5 was safe for human health.
The Board of Review was composed of a panel of three renowned
toxicologists appointed by the Canadian Environment Minister. The
panel conducted a comprehensive scientific evaluation to assess the
behavior of D5 in the environment. The Board's report, which was released in October
of 2011, concluded that "Siloxane D5 does not pose a danger to the environment or its biological
diversity." Furthermore, the Board found that "based on the
information presented, Siloxane D5 will not pose a danger to the environment or its biological diversity
in the future."
"The silicones industry welcomes the Minister's declaration that D5 is safe for the environment and fully supports the removal of D5 from a
proposed list of toxic substances," said Karluss Thomas, Executive
Director of SEHSC. "The Minister's decision to establish this
independent Board of Review is a clear example of Canada's global
leadership to ensure that sound science is used to assess the risks
associated with industrial chemicals."
For more than 30 years, SEHSC has promoted the safe use of silicones
through product stewardship and environmental, health and safety
research. The findings of the independent Canadian Board of Review are
consistent with real-world studies that have found that silicones do
not accumulate in the food chain and do not do not pose a danger to the
"This decision is a validation of the necessity for sound science to
provide the basis for effective chemicals management policy," Thomas
said. "The silicones industry remains committed to ensuring the health
and environmental safety of its materials. This process allows
silicones, like D5, to contribute to a strong economy, inspire ongoing innovation and
enhance products consumers depend on every day."
For more information about the Board of Review, please visit: http://www.cdr-siloxaned5-bor.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=70551E34-1.
SOURCE Silicone Environmental Health
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