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EC SCCS to discuss numerous Nano Issues at next Plenary

The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) will hold its 7th plenary meeting on 23 September 2014. According to the agenda, the committee will discuss a new request ‘for clarification on the meaning of the term “sprayable applications/products” for the nano forms of Carbon Black CI77266, Titanium [Dioxide] and Zinc Oxide’, and the status of draft opinions on nano-silica and nano-hydroxyapatite. Furthermore new titanium dioxide information submitted by industry will be brought up, as will clarification on the form of a UV filter.

The 6th plenary meeting of the SCCS, held on 18 June 2014, discussed information related to the EC’s request for a scientific opinion on the nano-form of Silica, and that it had received a new mandate to investigate nanoscale Hydroxyapatite. Subsequent meetings of the SCCS Working Group on ‘Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products’ revealed that an opinion on Hyrdroxyapatite was being formed and revised, and that ‘a proposal for comments to applicants is planned to be discussed at the [September] plenary meeting’. There has been less activity on the nano silica opinion, and the group intend to do a follow-up on it at the 7th plenary.

Since the June plenary there have been a number of developments. The first of these was that a number of Member States requested a clarification of the meaning of ‘sprayable applications/products’ for the nano forms of Carbon Black, TiO2 and ZnO. A number of proposals for clarification have been made by the WG on ‘Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products’, and they intend to present a draft opinion at the 7th plenary. The second was that industry submitted new evidence for the use of TiO2 nanoparticles; contributions were made within the WG on ‘Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products’, and the group intends to discuss a reply to EC DG SANCO at the September plenary. Finally, the WG on ‘Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products’ followed up on comments by the WG on ‘Cosmetic Products’ on whether UV filter HAA299, which the SCCS published an opinion on in June 2014, contained the ‘nano’ and not ‘nano’ form of the compound. The matter is expected to be settled at the 7th plenary.


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Follow this link read NIA’s reporting on the EC request for the SCCS to evaluate nano-silica in cosmetics, and this to read NIA’s reporting on the announcement that the SCCS will be assessing the nano form of hydroxyapatite.

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