FDA Contracting Out Research On 25 Cosmetic Ingredients’ Allergenicity
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
Agency is accepting contractor proposals through August 11 for a scientific literature survey and data analysis to determine whether 25 cosmetic ingredients/mixtures warrant identification as “sensitizers” or “allergens,” according to definitions being developed separately. Preservatives dominate the list.
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The ingredients at issue already must be labeled on cosmetic products in the EU due to their recognized sensitization and allergy potential. FDA expects to award the contract by the end of September, and finished work will be due to the agency within 18 months thereafter.
The MI/MCI preservative combination is a suspect being explored by FDA as part of its investigation into reports of hair loss and other adverse effects linked to WEN Cleansing Conditioners. The agency discusses testing it undertook to quantitate the WEN products’ MI/MCI content in a response to concerns raised by Democratic Congressman Frank Pallone of New Jersey.
The Green Chemistry and Commerce Council will kick off a competition in September to incentivize and propel development of new preservatives for use in the personal-care and household product spaces. Winners will have the opportunity to partner with chemical suppliers, while industry overall stands to gain new solutions for its rapidly depleting preservative palette.