The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety of the European Commission (SCCS) has recently opened two consultations on nanomaterials in cosmetics that are set to be closed on 8 January 2015.
The SCCS is seeking comments on a draft Opinion on Hydroxyapatite (nano) in cosmetics ; the committee states that the evidence provided ‘is insufficient to allow drawing a conclusion on the safety of nano-hydroxyapatite when used in oral cosmetic products’. The study also underlines that ‘nano-hydroxyapatite in needle form is of concern in relation to potential toxicity’ and recommends that it should not be used in cosmetic products.
The 9th revision of the SCCS notes of guidance for the testing of cosmetic ingredients and their safety evaluation is also open for comments. Section 3-8 of this document is dedicated to nanomaterials. It summarises the requirements laid out in the Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009, and in the SCCS Guidance on the Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials in Cosmetics SCCS/1484/12.
NIA Members are invited to follow this link to access the NIA EXCLUSIVE Consultation on these two documents. This NIA consultation will close on 5 January 2016.