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International Cooperation on Cosmetic Regulation
The International Cooperation on Cosmetic Regulation (ICCR) held their third annual meeting from 9-11 September in Tokyo, Japan to discuss issues related to cosmetic and cosmetic-like drug products.
With the aim of maintaining the highest levels of global consumer protection while minimising barriers to international trade, the ICCR group brings together cosmetic regulatory authorities from the European Commission's Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry, the United States Food and Drug Administration, Health Canada and Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. The JRC's Institute for Health and Consumer Protection regularly participates in the work of the ICCR, notably in relation to alternative methods to animal testing through the ICATM (International Cooperation on Alternative Test Methods) framework.
The JRC's European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM) contributed to the recent report from their Japanese counterparts on ICATM activities, which was presented at the Tokyo meeting. The meeting focused on: Alternative Test Methods; Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP); Safety of Ingredients / Authorised Substances Lists; Nanotechnology; Cosmetics Labeling; Sunscreens; Regulators’ Liaison to Industry Technical Working Group and the expansion of ICCR.
The next (ICCR-4) meeting will be held in Canada in 2010.