EU Commission Wants Expert Opinion On Prostaglandin Analogs In Eyelash Growth Cosmetics
The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety will consider available safety data for prostaglandin analogs isopropyl cloprostenate, ethyl tafluprostamide and others with known use in eyelash-growth cosmetic products in the EU. Currently, the substances are not restricted in cosmetic products.
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Just because the use of a substance in a cosmetic product, in this case prostaglandin-derivative methylamide-dihydro-noralfaprostal, has a physiological effect does not mean it's a medicinal product by function, advises the Advocate General of the Court of Justice of the EU in a recent opinion. While the opinion does not bind the CJEU to any decision, it may impact discussions elsewhere with regards to these substances, for example in the US.
Expect new faces in coming meetings of the US-based CIR’s Expert Panel for Cosmetic Ingredient Safety, which may tackle reviews of prostaglandin analogs and skin-lightening kojic acid on top of its usual slate of programmed safety assessments.
The US-based Cosmetic Ingredient Review’s independent experts finalized four ingredient safety reports at its 7-8 March meeting, advanced nine tentative assessments, and issued two insufficient data announcements. The panel continues to face challenges in assessing ingredients used in airbrush applications and decided against prioritizing review of eyelash-"enhancing" prostaglandin analogues.