At P&G, protecting the people who use and manufacture our products and the environment we all live in has the highest priority. When we evaluate the safety of new ingredients and products, we go beyond precaution to utilize the best science and technologies available. Precaution is a central element of our safety approach – if we are unsure about an ingredient’s safety, we will not use it.
In reality, it is not just a substance or ingredient’s properties that makes it safe or unsafe, but also how it is used. Every substance can be used safely or in a way that causes harm. As a result, P&G supports broadly recognized science-based approaches where the way an ingredient is used is included in its evaluation. We do not support broad restrictions of substances based simply on their possibility for causing harm alone.
- An ingredient’s properties are often assessed in unrealistic testing scenarios. So, they are insufficient to determine what is safe. We must interpret this information in light of how it is actually used in real-life. Banning a substance with only half the story does little to protect public health and the environment.
- Precautionary bans based only on a substance’s possibility for harm in often unrealistic testing scenarios can stifle innovation by broadly eliminating chemicals that could bring substantial benefits to improving the lives of people, and/or enhanced safety, environmental or sustainability profiles when used properly.