Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety
Zinc oxide definitions links
1. Factual links
1.1 Previous EU assessments of sunscreens, zinc oxide or nanotechnologiesa
The Scientific Committee on Cosmetic Products and Non-Food Products Intended for Consumers. Opinion concerning zinc oxide, COLIPA No. S76, SCCNFP/0649/03. June 2003.
Scientific Committee on Consumer Products. Statement on Zinc oxide used in sunscreens, SCCP/0932/05. September 2005.
Scientific Committee on Consumer Products. Opinion on the safety of nanomaterials in cosmetic products, SCCP/1147/07. December 2007.
Scientific Committee on Consumer Products. Clarification on Opinion SCCNFP/0932/05 on Zinc oxide, COLIPA No. S76, SCCP/1215/09. January 2009.
Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks. The appropriateness of existing methodologies to assess the potential risks associated with engineered and adventitious products of nanotechnologies, SCCS 002/05. March 2006
1.2 Assessment in other countries
The Australian Government’s advisers reviewed scientific literature on use of zinc oxide as nanoparticles in sunscreens in 2009
Health Canada issued a draft guidance document on use and efficacy of sunscreens, including comments on ZnO nanoparticles, in 2013.
1.3 Q&As and FAQs on nanotechnology, nanoparticles and sunscreens
Australian consumer organisation explains nanoparticles in sunscreens
The European Commission answers frequently asked questions on nanotechnologies in general at:
The US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health answers frequently asked questions about nanotechnology and health and safety research at:
2. Other views
National Toxics Network Australia comments on and critiques this SCCS opinion.
The Centre for Responsible Nanotechnology is a non-profit US-based think-tank concerned with societal and environmental implications of nanotechnology.
The Three-Level Structure used to communicate this Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) opinion is copyrighted by Cogeneris SPRL.