Scientific Committees

Easy to read summaries of scientific opinions

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In this section, some of the opinions of the European Commission's non-food Scientific Committees are presented in a format and language which can be easily understood by non-specialists.

The reader can choose between short and easy to read science factsheets (1 page) and web summaries which go more into depth. Both publications are written in layman language. As such, even non-specialist readers can become familiar with the issues addressed and the conclusions reached by the Scientific Committees.


Science fact-sheets


The SCCS Guidance on the safety assessment of nanomaterials in cosmetics

How does the SCHEER help protect people and the environment?

Why are potential dangerous phthalates allowed in medical devices, and who decides if their use is warranted?

Does onshore oil and gas exploration and exploitation pose health risks?


Infographic on Weight of Evidence

SCCS Notes of Guidance for the testing of cosmetic ingredients and their safety evaluation - 10th revision

So far, no health risks dim LED lights’ bright future

Will using non-human primates in biomedical research and testing soon be a thing of the past?


Infographics on the risk assessment activities of the EC's Scientific Committees

 See the Dynamic Infographic

Ensuring the safety of personal care products

UV-C-lamps: could something that kills bacteria and viruses also harm you?



Go for the glow or ban the tan? Is it safe to use sunbeds?


The EU is the safest market in the world for hair dyes 

Are additives used in tobacco products harmless? 

SCCS Notes of Guidance for the testing of cosmetic ingredients and their safety evaluation 

The safety of surgical meshes used in urogynecological surgery 


Are medical devices containing DEHP-plasticized PVC or
other plasticizers safe for neonates and other groups possibly at risk?

Is it safe to use cosmetics containing silica in nanoform? 

Synthetic biology 

Are dental fillings safe? 


Does electromagnetic field exposure endanger health? 

Is exposure to BPA through the use of medical devices safe for humans? 

Are toys containing chromium VI safe for children? 

Are Metal-on-Metal hip implants safe? 


Sunscreens with titanium dioxide as nanoparticles 

Are silver nanoparticles safe? 

Mercury from dental amalgam 

Methylene glycol in hair straighteners 


Nano-form zinc oxide in sunscreens 

Artificial Light and Health

X-Ray Full-Body Scanners for Airport Security 

Allergenic fragrances in cosmetic products 


Parabens used in cosmetics 

Products that resemble foods and appeal to children

Triclosan and antimicrobial resistance

Concerned about Mercury in Energy Saving Lamps ?