News & Alerts
Posted on 16 Mar 2017
On 7 March 2017, the Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety of the European Commission (SCCS) released a draft opinion on nano titanium dioxide (TiO2) used as a UV-filter in sprayable cosmetics. SCCS will receive comments on this opinion until 14 May 2017.
Posted on 16 Mar 2017
On 7 March 2017, the Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety of the European Commission (SCCS) finalised its opinion on the safety of the nanoform of titanium dioxide (TiO2) used as UV-filter in dermally-applied cosmetics and coated with cetyl phosphate, manganese dioxide or triethoxycaprylylsilane.
ECHA Board of Appeals rules in favour of Industry and annuls Decision requiring Information on nanoforms of TiO2
Posted on 2 Mar 2017
The Board of Appeal of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has released a Decision annulling a 2014 Decision requiring additional information on titanium dioxide (TiO2) substance identity as well as a list of phases, forms and surface treatments for sub-pigmentary (i.e. nano) forms. This decision was first contested in September 2014. The appeal...
Posted on 22 Jul 2016
The European Commission amended the Regulation on Cosmetic Products (1223/2009) which sets safety and marketing rules for cosmetics in the European Union to add nano titanium dioxide to the list of authorised UV filters (Annex VI)
Posted on 6 Jun 2016
The 'danger of excessive UV light...skin damage and cancer is far greater than the perceived risk posed by nano-sunscreens, which is not supported by the scientific literature' concludes a new, peer-reviewed analysis in the Medical Journal of Australia published this month.
Posted on 19 Feb 2016
At their 9 February meeting, the European Commission's Standing Committee on Cosmetic Products (Part of the DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs) approved three new amendments to the EU's cosmetics regulation (No 1223/2009), which update regulations on three substances:
Posted on 17 Feb 2016
The Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark's Environment Protection Agency published a new literature review yesterday, Assessment of Nano-enabled Technologies in Cosmetics, as part of their 'Better Control of Nano' Initiative 2012-2015, which focuses on how nanomaterials fit into the Danish market and environment.
Posted on 26 Jan 2016
The Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment has released a new report outlining a framework for a risk assessment tool for nanomaterials in cosmetics products. The tool can provide 'fast evaluation of the potential risk of a nanomaterial' in cosmetics after inputting exposure and hazard data, which can help with...
Posted on 10 Dec 2015
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the final report of the 'Better Control of Nanomaterials' initiative
NIA EXCLUSIVE Consultation - EU Scientific Committee seeks Opinion on Testing Guidance and on Nano-Hydroxyapatite – DEADLINE – 5 January 2016
Posted on 3 Nov 2015
The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety of the European Commission (SCCS) has recently opened two consultations on cosmetics that are set to be closed on 8 January 2015
Posted on 18 Sep 2015
The European Commission has formally requested an evaluation of titanium dioxide from their Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS). The SCCS had previously assessed titanium dioxide in 2013 and determined that at a concentration up to 25%, it posed no risk to people when used as a UV-filter, however, considered it unsuitable for use in...
Posted on 21 Apr 2015
The European Commission’s Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety (SCCS) met for a plenary meeting on 25 March 2015. In this meeting, the Committee finalised an opinion on MBBT used in cosmetic products. It concluded that this substance is safe for use in cosmetic products under certain conditions
Posted on 8 Apr 2015
NIA invites its Members to contribute to the Association's reply to the calls for information issued by the European Commission Directorate General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROWTH) in the framework of the Regulation on Cosmetic Products 1223/2009
Posted on 8 Apr 2015
In the framework of the Regulation on Cosmetic Products 1223/2009, the European Commission Directorate General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROWTH) has published calls for information on three nanomaterials used as ingredients in cosmetics
Posted on 9 Dec 2014
The EC has passed a decision ‘establishing the ecological criteria for the award of the EU Ecolabel for rinse-off cosmetic products’ (2014/893/EU). Criteria for receiving the EU Ecolabel indicates that nanosilver may ‘not be included in the product [seeking the Ecolabel], neither as part of the formulation nor as part of any mixture in the...
EC SCCS adopts Opinion on Clarification of Term “sprayable applications/products” used in Nanomaterial Opinions
Posted on 23 Sep 2014
The EC SCCS has adopted an opinion in relation to the EC’s request for clarification of the meaning of the term ‘sprayable applications/products’ used in three nanomaterial-related opinions. The Committee is accepting comments on this opinion until 10 November 2014
Posted on 22 Sep 2014
An article published by Bloomberg BNA has quoted NIA Director-General Dr Steffi Friedrichs on the way in which the nanotechnology industries are being affected by regulatory developments worldwide. The article juxtaposes the view of a recently released OECD report with the view expressed by Dr Friedrichs in a webinar she recently presented at
Posted on 11 Sep 2014
EC SCCS will hold its 7th plenary meeting on 23 September 2014. According to the agenda, the committee will discuss a new request ‘for clarification on the meaning of the term “sprayable applications/products” for the nano forms of Carbon Black CI77266, TiO2 and ZnO’, and the status of draft opinions on nano-silica and nano-hydroxyapatite....
OECD publishes Results of Questionnaire on 2010-2011 Regulatory Regimes for Manufactured Nanomaterials
Posted on 4 Sep 2014
The OECD has published the 42nd item in its Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials, entitled Report of the Questionnaire on Regulatory Regimes for Manufactured Nanomaterials 2010-2011. The questionnaire was administered by the OECD WPMN, and ‘contained four sections related to the oversight of nanomaterials in various OECD...
Posted on 18 Aug 2014
NIA Member BASF’s Tinosorb A2B has become the first UV filter ‘to be included in the positive list (Annex VI) of the new EU Cosmetics Regulation’. The product, which contains ‘particle sizes smaller than 100 nanometres’, was approved after assessment by the EC SCCS. “After a long approval process we are delighted that we are now allowed to bring...