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March 24, 2020

EC Committee Posts Fact Sheet on Guidance on Safety Assessment in Nanomaterials in Cosmetics in French, German, Italian, and Spanish

Lynn L. Bergeson Carla N. Hutton

On March 23, 2020, the European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) announced that the fact sheet on the SCCS Guidance on the safety assessment of nanomaterials in cosmetics is now available in French, German, Italian, and Spanish.  The guidance provides recommendations for the safety assessment of nanomaterials intended for use in cosmetics and covers the main elements of risk assessment of nanomaterials in relation to possible use as cosmetic ingredients, i.e., general safety considerations, material characterization, exposure assessment, hazard identification and dose-response characterization, and risk assessment with due consideration of the animal testing ban in place for cosmetics.  SCCS states that the guidance should be used in conjunction with the general guidance for the submission of safety dossiers of cosmetics ingredients, “The SCCS notes of Guidance for testing of cosmetics ingredients and their safety evaluation” (SCCS/1602/18).