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Italian Ministry of Health conducting voluntary ''Census'' of Cosmetics containing Nanomaterials
The Italian Ministry of Health has announced that it will be carrying out a nationwide survey of cosmetic products containing nanomaterials. Participation in the survey is voluntary, and no information provided will be disclosed or published publicly
Nanomaterials in Cosmetics in New Zealand to be labelled from July 2015
New Zealand's EPA has ruled that 'the presence of nanomaterials in cosmetic products available in New Zealand must be identified on labelling'. According to reports, 'an EPA committee decided caution was needed because there was still scientific uncertainty about the potential effects of nano materials'.
Dutch RIVM calls for further Guidance on EC Nanomaterial Definition
The Dutch RIVM recently released a report in which it stated that, whilst the European Commission's recent recommended definition of nanomaterial 'contains the relevant aspects...further guidance is needed to ensure the definition is interpreted consistently'. The review looks at both the scientific and the legislative implications of the EC's...
EC SCCS publishes ''Guidance on the Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials in Cosmetics''
The EC 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 states that it 'has made possible the identification of a number of issues and questions regarding the types of information and data unique to...
NIA: Key Activities in Support of Nanoscale Materials in Commercial Sunscreen Products
The current issue of Nanotechnology Law & Business (Vol 9.1) features an article on the Use of Nanoscale Materials in Commercial Sunscreen Products. Written by lawyers from Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., the article discusses 'the rise to prominence of nanoscale titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as ingredients of sunscreen formulations'
Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety may adopt Zinc Oxide Opinion in June
In a report from their 23rd meeting, the Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products Working Group (WG) highlighted that it will present its draft opinion on zinc oxide at its next plenary, and that this opinion may be adopted. The panel, convened as part of the EC's SCCS initiative, also noted that, as part of the item S79, Submission II: Dossier...
Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety presents new Titanium Dioxide Work
In a report from their 22nd meeting, the 'Nanomaterials in Cosmetic Products' Working Group highlighted that it had discussed a draft document presented on titanium dioxide, and that work into the subject was 'ongoing'. The panel, convened as part of the EC's SCCS initiative, also noted that the zinc oxide submission 'is foreseen to be presented...
'Nanoparticles in Sunscreens can provide more Protection and more even Coverage' - US Dermatologists emphasise
The President of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recently commented on the concerns regarding sunblockers that contain nanoparticles, stating that the particles in them "have a long history of safe use in sunscreens and offer good options for broad-spectrum UV protection". He also stated that the US FDA sunscreen regulations, announced...
ICCR to discuss Nanoparticle Characterisation Methods for Cosmetics
Draft documents on methods for the characterisation of nanoparticle ingredients in cosmetics will be presented at the sixth ICCR conference, according to a recent report. The event, which will be hosted by the US FDA, is also set to discuss strategies that could be used to assess the safety of nanomaterials
FDA issues two draft Guidance Documents for Nanotechnology
The US FDA today released documentation related to the safety aspects of nanomaterials for the food and cosmetics industries, and has asked for input from stakeholders
Study shows more needs to be done to ensure Consumer Confidence in Nano-enhanced Sunscreens in Australia
A survey conducted by the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) has shown that respondents, drawn from the general public, felt they needed to know more before deciding whether sunscreens containing nanoparticles were a risk to them
Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP) launched for the Implementation of the European Cosmetics Regulation
On 11 January 2012 the European Commission's DG SANCO announced on its website that the Cosmetic Products Notification Portal (CPNP) has been launched. The new CPNP is an online notification system developed as stipulated by Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products. Use of its database by...
NIA helps pave the Road for Nanotechnology
"Nanotechnology has already become a reality in some areas and promises great things in others. However, the road to the nano future still includes a number of obstacles" starts a feature article in this month's issue of Chemistry & Industry. Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director General of the NIA, contributed clarifications on nanotechnology in...
NIA points to Important Data in ongoing Nanosilver Debate
Following the opinion published by the German BfR, entitled Safety of nano silver in consumer products: many questions remain open, the nanosilver debate came to life again. On the 2 May 2011 the SNWG issued a reply to the scientific opinion published by the BfR on the 12 March 2011. The response was entitled SNWG comments on BfR & nanosilver
Comparative Advertising and “non-nano”-Claims Ban for a Sunscreen Manufacturer
In a rare dispute with regulators, an Australian sunscreen manufacturer Valeant Pharmaceuticals Australasia was ordered to remove all advertising promoting their branded product, Invisible Zinc. The Australian regulator (TPA-CRP) found that the advertising made a number of claims in breach of the Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code
Sunscreen Ruling by US FDA - nanoscale Ingredients are not absorbed
On 14 June 2011 US FDA released a new statement about the labelling of the sunscreen products, entitled FDA Announces Changes to Better Inform Consumers About Sunscreen. In order to provide a better consumer awareness of the over the counter sunscreen products FDA also established a consumer website to explain the changes in labelling and...
Silver Nanotechnology – Round 2: SNWG comments on German BfR
On 2 May 2011 the Silver Nanotechnology Working Group (SNWG) issued a reply to the scientific opinion published by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) which was made on the 12 March 2011. The response was entitled SNWG comments on BfR & nanosilver
German BfR raises Doubt about the use of nano-Silver in Consumer Products - “just in case”
As a result of a focused workshop on the toxicology of nano-silver, the German BfR published an opinion (No. 24/2010) piece entitled Safety of nano silver in consumer products: many questions remain open (in English) and, BfR rät von Nanosilber in Lebensmitteln und Produkten des täglichen Bedarfs ab (in German); these are neither reports nor...
Dutch Government updates Inventory of nano-enabled Products on the European Market
The Dutch RIVM has published a report entitled Nanomaterials in consumer products - Update of products on the European market in 2010. The report had been commissioned by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (nVWA) as an update to RIVM's first inventory, published 2007
Flowers for Nanomaterials - European Ecolabel includes Nano related Products
On 11 February 2011 the European Union's Ecolabel Board (EUEB) decided against an exclusion of products containing nanomaterials from cleaning products and lubricants that could be awarded with the Ecolabel. In a joint paper, the EEB and the BEUC pushed for a ban of nanomaterials that could be awarded an Ecolabel