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Nano particles are increasingly used to enhance cosmetics, especially sun care and anti-aging products but debate still rages over their safety.

EC publishes indepth paper on nanomaterials

17-Mar-2015 - A publication commissioned by the EC; Thematic Issue ("Nanomaterials’ functionality") explores recent developments in nanomaterials research, as well as the possibilities for safe, practical and resource-efficient applications....

Award-winning oils and fats innovation makes skin care ‘more effective’

22-Jan-2015 - University lecturer Dr Mahiran Basri has been recognised for her work in successfully diversifying the use of oils and fats which resulted in an innovation formulated through nanotechnology that is...

Latex synthesized gold nanoparticles enhance sunscreen SPF

20-Jan-2015 - Scientists have found that if gold nanoparticles are synthesized with the latex of a native South American plant, then it can enhance the sun protection factor of sunscreens and offer...

LICARA guidelines to help industry weigh up use of nanomaterials

17-Dec-2014 - As European legislation remains a challenge for the cosmetics industry, LICARA guidelines are geared towards helping to weigh up the pros and cons and assess the risks of using nanomaterials in products. ...

French nanomaterials register triples in second year

19-Nov-2014 - According to a government report, the number of declarations for the French nanomaterials register tripled in its second year of implementation, as formulators and distributors increase their notifications.

IFSCC Coverage

The latest science has to offer - from green chemistry to skin care vaccines

31-Oct-2014 - At the recent IFSCC cosmetology event, more than 450 scientific posters opened a window into what cosmetic scientists have been working on, from green chemistry to skin care vaccines.

Nanoparticle research identifies characteristics to penetrate skin

14-Oct-2014 - Scientists in the UK have identified key characteristics that enhance a nanoparticle’s ability to penetrate skin which could have implications in the delivery of drugs, as well as in skin...

BASF UV filter 'first in its nano form' to make new EU regulation list

20-Aug-2014 - BASF claims it is the first to have its' UV filter 'Tinosorb' included in the positive list (Annex VI) of the new EU Cosmetics Regulation.

Cosmetics Europe: EU industry must address nano perception

27-Jun-2014 - At the Cosmetics Europe General Assembly, the EC’s deputy director general for consumers urged the industry to think about how nanotechnology is being presented to the consumer that already perceives...

Brands agree to pull titanium dioxide amid calls for ‘more study’

05-Jun-2014 - Five leading skin care brands have agreed to re-label or remove titanium dioxide (TiO2) from those products which contain it, as part of efforts to settle a recent lawsuit in...

Cosmetics industry leads the way in European nanomaterial reporting

22-May-2014 - Cosmetics are the top focus in a new report by the EC on nanotechnology, which suggests a blanket product register may be a sensible move in regulation.

EU puts forward hopes for increased unity in transatlantic cosmetics standards

21-May-2014 - As part of ongoing talks between the US and the EU thrashing out the details of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the European Commission has released a position...

Symrise launches new sun care ingredient

15-Apr-2014 - German ingredients supplier Symrise has launched SymTio S, a patent-pending novel sunscreen ingredient consisting of micro fine titanium dioxide coated with the ester cetearyl nonanoate.

EC finally agrees to hold meeting to reveal nano options

02-Apr-2014 - The European Commission has finally agreed to hold a meeting that will allow member states and other interested parties to see and discuss options for regulating nanomaterials.

Scientists study effect of silver particles on algae

26-Feb-2014 - Scientists from the Aquatic Research Institute, Eawag have subjected algae to a range of silver concentrations to learn more about the cellular processes that occur in the cells.

SCCS calls for nano silica safety information

14-Feb-2014 - The European Commission has called on the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) for a full risk assessment on the safe use of the nano form of silica in cosmetic...

REACH to make changes to its nano annex

04-Feb-2014 - The European Commission is finalising its impact assessment of six options for amending the annexes of REACH to better account for nanomaterials.

Nano industry calls for another look at carbon black

07-Jan-2014 - The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) has called on its members to comment on the recent SCCS opinion on carbon black in nanoform for use as a colourant in cosmetics.  ...

Israel to reign in nano-materials with new regulations

12-Dec-2013 - This October, Israel submitted a new draft set of cosmetics regulations to the World Trade Organization (WTO) which promise to improve both trade and consumer safety.

Cosmetics represent top 3 nanomaterials launched in France in 2012

11-Dec-2013 - According to the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, cosmetics formulations ranked in the top three position of all nanomaterials placed on the French market in 2012.

New natural ingredient boosts genetics to build skin firmness

27-Nov-2013 - Israeli company IBR has announced the release of a new extract for skin and hair care which works with the user’s genes to boost the structure and growth of cells....

EC concerned of use of silica in nano form

05-Nov-2013 - The European Commission has called on the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) for a full risk assessment on the safe use of the nano form of silica in cosmetic...

Entering the age of the ‘super sunscreen’: Study highlights protection against cancer

10-Oct-2013 - A study carried out by researchers in Australia has opened the doors for the development of ‘super sunscreens’ to assist in the repair of sun damaged skin and protect the...

OECD calls for manufactured nanomaterial safety

02-Oct-2013 - The non-intergovernmental Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has recommended its Member Countries apply existing international and national chemical regulatory frameworks to manage the risks associated with manufactured nanomaterials. 

Scientists encourage ‘safer’ rutile form of TiO2 in cosmetics

26-Sep-2013 - Research originating in Torino, Italy is encouraging sunscreen and cosmetics formulators to use the rutile form of titanium dioxide rather than anatase as tests have suggested it is safer.