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EC SCCS publishes ''Guidance on the Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials in Cosmetics''

The European Commission (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has compiled a document, whose intention is to provide 'scientific advice it [the EC] needs when preparing policy and proposals' for the use of nanomaterials in cosmetic products. The report, entitled Guidance on the Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials in Cosmetics, states that it 'has made possible the identification of a number of issues and questions regarding the types of information and data unique to nanomaterials that must form part of future submissions of safety dossiers'.

Whilst the authors note that advancements in nanotechnology may require them to revise and update their guidance in future, they provide the EC with an array of key recommendations in a number of areas, including:

  • The definition of nanomaterial in the Cosmetic Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009
  • Material characterisation
  • Exposure assessment
  • Hazard identification/dose response characterisation
  • Risk assessment

The guidance document also 'highlighted the need for developing specific guidance for the development of similar, consistent and, to the extent possible standardised, safety evaluation dossiers for manufactured nanomaterials', as such measures would 'assist in the implementation of the provisions of article 16' of the EC's cosmetics regulation, which are due to be enforced from January 2013.


Follow this link to read the SCCS' full guidance document.

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