• The SCCS scientific advice on the safety of nanomaterials in cosmetics

      Bernauer, Ulrike; Bodin, Laurent; orcid: 0000-0002-6900-8874; Chaudhry, Qasim; Coenraads, Pieter Jan; orcid: 0000-0001-9458-7129; Dusinska, Maria; Gaffet, Eric; orcid: 0000-0002-6451-3011; Panteri, Eirini; orcid: 0000-0003-3190-0127; Rogiers, Vera; Rousselle, Christophe; orcid: 0000-0003-0460-6192; Stepnik, Maciej; orcid: 0000-0003-1586-2482; et al. (Elsevier, 2021-09-28)
      The Cosmetic Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 specifically covers the risk of nanomaterials used in cosmetic products. If there are concerns regarding the safety of a nanomaterial, the European Commission refers it to the SCCS for a scientific opinion. The Commission mandated the SCCS to identify the scientific basis for safety concerns that could be used as a basis for identifying and prioritising nanomaterials for safety assessment, and to revisit previous inconclusive SCCS opinions on nanomaterials to identify any concerns for potential risks to the consumer health. The SCCS Scientific Advice identified the key general aspects of nanomaterials that should raise a safety concern for a safety assessor/manager, so that the nanomaterial(s) in question could be subjected to safety assessment to establish safety to the consumer. The Advice also developed a list of the nanomaterials notified to the Commission for use in cosmetics in an order of priority for safety assessment, and revisited three previous inconclusive opinions on nanomaterials to highlight concerns over consumer safety that merited further safety assessment.