Two ‘Hot Buttons’ Right Now In Product Testing: Benzene In Sunscreens, PFAS In Cosmetics
Craig Weiss, co-CEO and president of CPT Labs, discusses recent reports driving interest in testing for benzene and PFAS in sunscreens and cosmetic products.
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Industry anticipates a proposed administrative order from the US FDA by 27 September on OTC sunscreen drug products, including GRASE status of active ingredients. Meanwhile, the agency’s probe continues into UV filter environmental impacts, and the National Academy of Sciences is gathering information to weigh those possible ills against human health consequences of reduced sunscreen use.
According to the agency, recent Environmental Protection Agency testing indicates that per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) can form and migrate from fluorinated polyethylene containers that are not manufactured in compliance with FDA regulations. The Environmental Defense Fund wants the FDA to investigate the issue in cosmetics as well as food packaging.