The European Commission's (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has released an updated version of its Notes of Guidance for the testing of Cosmetic Substances and their Safety Evaluation. This 8th revision to the notes contains a brand new section on nanomaterials. It also features 'several new opinions of importance' made since the previous version's 2011 release.
Nanoscale materials are contained within chapter 3, 'Safety evaluation of cosmetic substances', under sub-section 3.6, 'Basic requirements for cosmetic substances present in finished cosmetic products (which are to evaluated by individual safety assessors)'. It notes that the EU cosmetics Regulation EC No. 1223/2009 'specifically covers the use of nanomaterials in cosmetic products' as well as 'a mechanism for notification, labelling, and safety evaluation of cosmetic products containing nanomaterials'. The notes also mention the EC's recommendation for the definition of these materials.
The committee's 17th plenary meeting, held in mid-December 2012, adopted these guidance notes. According to the document, it contains 'relevant information on the different aspects of testing and safety evaluation of cosmetic substances in Europe' and is 'designed to provide guidance to public authorities and [the] cosmetic industry, in order to provide harmonised compliance with the actual cosmetic EU legislation'.
Follow this link to read the full guidance notes published by the SCCS.