As more and more personal care product formulations comprise engineered nanomaterials, environment, health, and safety researchers are charged with ensuring the ingredients do not adversely affect the health of consumers or the natural environment.
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.
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.
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 care to treat certain conditions and restrict cosmetics ingredient...
The European Centre for Ecotoxicology and Toxicology (Ecetoc) has published a report that suggests toxicologists build a comprehensive “multiple perspective” framework when grouping nanomaterials in future reviews.
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 nanomaterials as ‘inherently problematic’.
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.
The Danish Consumer Council, the Danish Ecological Council and DTU Environment have teamed up to develop a database to identify more than 1,200 products that may contain nanomaterials and provide further information on these.
After the launch of its latest research project into the safety of nanomaterials earlier in the year, the global chemicals giant has been pushing ahead, so much so that it reveals the first phase of results will be available by early 2013.
Nanotechnology has been on the tip of our tongues for the last few years and has been put under particular scrutiny in the last few months. There have been those that herald it as the most effective delivery system for active ingredients, and those that...
Nanotechnology has been on the tip of our tongues for the last few years and has been put under particular scrutiny in the last few months. In this special edition, Cosmetics Design takes a look at some of the top-hitting articles covering this topic.
The Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM) will coordinate a four-year project aimed at developing a technology platform for the measurement of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) which could be key in assessing the safety risks of...
Scientists in the United States have conducted a study to gauge how nanoparticles found in personal care formulations can end up in agricultural soil and the effects this may have on crops such as soybean.
In a joint effort to address safety issues and regulatory challenges in nanomaterials, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and co-ordinators of four European FP7 projects has hosted another meeting to trigger discussion and networking...
At a time when nanotechnology has come under further scrutiny in the cosmetics industry, scientists from UCLA have developed a novel screening technology that can quickly assess the properties of metal-oxide nanomaterials.
Scientists in Sweden have shown that it is possible to sort and count nanoparticles, even once they have formed aggregates, which could be of importance in the cosmetics industry particularly for sunscreen formulators.
Nanotechnology has been hailed as having revolutionary potential, but as more and more nanotech cosmetics are launched, scientists remain divided over their potential health and environmental impact. Croda technical specialist Julian Hewitt evaluated...
Consumer products that incorporate nanotechnology are being
released at the rate of three to four a week according to the
product inventory maintained by the Project on Emerging
Materials science company NaturalNano has announced that it has
signed a licensing agreement with the US Naval Research Laboratory
to develop a broad spectrum of controlled-release nanomaterials, a
number of which will touch on both...
Friends of the Earth has recently released a report on the presence
of nanotech particles in sunscreens, appealing to consumers to
lobby the industry and calling for a moratorium on products