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Information on Zinc Oxide nanoparticles published by Nick Boley
August 16, 2013, 09:02
Filed under: Cosmetics, EU Information, Nanomaterials | Tags: ,

The European Commission has published a summary of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) opinion on the risks of using nano zinc oxide in sunscreen formulations. This comprehensive document answers many questions about the formulation, safety and use of sunscreens containing nanoparticulate zinc oxide.

One of the more significant conclusions is that formulations containing up to 25 % nanoparticulate zinc oxide are considered safe for use on skin. This would lead to the necessity to be able to measure nanoparticulate zinc oxide in such formulations so that this 25 % threshhold can be monitored. Although there are no such products of this type in Europe at present, this could change in the future.

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