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Public Health (20-12-2011)

Preliminary opinion on Nitrosamines and Secondary Amines in Cosmetic Products – public consultation launched!

Today, the independent Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) launches a public consultation on its preliminary opinion on Nitrosamines and Secondary Amines in Cosmetic Products. The consultation will run until 10 February 2012. Stakeholders are invited to send comments on the preliminary opinion here.

Nitrosamines are a class of chemical compounds, some of which are known to be carcinogenic. The possible health risks associated with the presence of nitrosamines in cosmetic products are regulated under the Cosmetics Directive (76/768/EEC). The implementation of this Directive in the market place has proven difficult as the chemical terms used in the entries of the Directive are relatively generic and allow for different interpretations among economic operators and public authorities. To address these difficulties, the SCCS has been asked to provide more exact definitions of such terms, taking account of the scientific and toxicological basis, so that it is clear to regulators which products can be considered safe, and which ones hazardous, to health.

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