Draft documents on methods for the characterisation of nanoparticle ingredients in cosmetics will be presented at the sixth International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR) conference, according to a recent report. The event, which will be hosted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is also set to discuss strategies that could be used to assess the safety of nanomaterials.
In a briefing about the conference, a representative from the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors Association (ICMAD) hinted at the necessity for such dialogue, stating that safety concerns regarding nano-enhanced sunscreens had "captivated public confidence" and that"joint collaboration between regulatory jurisdictions can help to bring consensus and allow consumers to confidently use products that help reduce the increasing incidence of skin cancer".
ICCR-6 will be held between 10 and 13 July in the city of Rockville in Maryland, USA, and will include delegates from the US, the EU, Canada, Japan, Australia, Brazil, China, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. The report also indicates that other items to be discussed are alternatives to animal testing, and the principles for handling trace contaminants in cosmetics.