Nanomaterials in cosmetics | EU Commission asks for a scientific advice to the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) | NEW MANDATE


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1. The SCCS is requested to determine the nanomaterials, as published in the recent catalogue of nanomaterials of 2019, for which specific concerns can be identified and justified in order to establish a priority list of nanomaterials for risk assessment (Article 16(4) Reg.1223/2009). More specifically, the SCCS is requested to provide a description of the specific concerns that have been identified for the nanomaterials mentioned above. This process should be based on the currently available scientific literature and SCCS’ expert judgement.*

2. For the nanomaterials with inconclusive SCCS opinions, such as [Colloidal Silver (nano) (SCCS/1596/18), Styrene/Acrylates copolymer (nano) + Sodium styrene/Acrylates copolymer (nano) (SCCS/1595/18) and Silica, Hydrated Silica, and Silica Surface Modified with Alkyl Silylates (nano form) (SCCS/1545/15)], the SCCS is requested to assess if a potential risk can be identified according to Article 16(6) Reg.1223/2009. Such assessment, regardless of the data previously submitted by the respective applicants, should be based on the available scientific literature and SCCS’ expert judgement (i.e. systemic or local availability; harmful effects specifically related to nano-form; surface catalysed reactions in nano-form, absorption (or potential absorption) from dermal and inhalation routes, potential of nano-form to deliver ionic forms, etc.).* 

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