NGOs Call For Moratorium On Nanotech-Enabled Cosmetics
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
FDA’s guidance to the personal-care industry regarding nanomaterial use is a step in the right direction, but ultimately fails to protect consumers from potentially hazardous nanotech applications in the pipeline and on the market already, Food & Water Watch says, proposing a moratorium on nanotech-containing cosmetics.
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FDA maintains that the current framework for cosmetic safety assessment is sufficient to control potential risks associated with nano-engineered cosmetics. However, traditional testing methods may need to be modified or new strategies developed to account for nanomaterials’ unique properties and behavior, the agency says in final guidance issued June 24.
FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition intends to issue final guidance on nanomaterial use in cosmetics and draft guidance regarding trace material lead in lipstick during the remainder of 2013 and 2014. Under its regulatory priorities announced Sept. 5, CFSAN’s says the guidances will be part of effort to protect the public from adulterated food and cosmetics.
The Personal Care Products Council’s Jay Ansell, VP of cosmetic programs, is optimistic about the direction regulators are taking and the consensus developing among scientific experts regarding the use of nanomaterials in cosmetics. However, challenges remain for firms faced with requirements under European law, and further harmonization is needed between international regulatory regimes, he suggests.