The class of materials known generically as “silicones” is a chemically diverse group, with a wide range of uses in consumer and industrial applications. As in any new product development, designing and manufacturing silicones for commercial use requires that compliance with national and European Union (EU) regulations be an essential element, regardless of the intended market. EU legislation in the past has focused primarily on health issues, but increasing attention is now being paid to the environmental aspects of chemical production, use, and disposal. Introduction of an eco-labeling system for many products is an indication of the increased consumer awareness of environmental issues and effects. A “cradle-to-grave” approach has been adopted in this chapter to address regulatory control over the entire product life cycle, from manufacture through ultimate disposal.
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- Regulatory Status of Silicones in Europe
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