Filed under: Cosmetics, EU Regulation/Legislation | Tags: Cosmetics, nanotechnology, testing
The EU Cosmetic Products Regulation comes into force today, 11 July. Although published originally in 2009, today’s implementation date reflects the work needed in transition to the new Regulation for all parties concerned. The Commission’s Press Release on the subject can be found here.
One aspect of note in the new Regulation concerns nanoparticles. Colorants, preservatives and UV-filters, including those that are nanomaterials, must be now explicitly authorised. Nanomaterials must be labelled in the list of ingredients with the word ‘nano’ in brackets following the name of the substance, e.g. “titanium dioxide (nano)”. This, of course, provides a challenge for laboratories to be able to identify nanoparticles in cosmetic products, within the Commission’s own recommended definition of a nanoparticle, as well as identifying other authorised substances to check compliance of products with the new Regulation.
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