2010 Frequency of Preservative Use

Nov 1, 2010 | Contact Author | By: David C. Steinberg, Steinberg & Associates
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Title: 2010 Frequency of Preservative Use
preservativesx VCRPx Health Canadax FDAx parabensx
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Keywords: preservatives | VCRP | Health Canada | FDA | parabens

Abstract: This article reports the frequency with which preservatives are used in personal care in both the United States and Canada. Surprisingly, the use of parabens continues to grow while imidazolidinyl urea, quaternium-15 and triclosan are on the decline. The fact that the FDA’s voluntary registration program is poorly supported plays into the hands of NGOs.

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DC Steinberg, Regulatory review: 2010 frequency of preservative use, Cosm & Toil 125(11) 46-51 (Nov 2010)

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Editor’s note: This article is an update to the October 2008 article reporting the frequency with which preservatives were being used in personal care products. The previous report was based on formulations registered with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and, for the first time, with Health Canada. The present report is also based on data collected for preservatives used in personal care in both the United States and Canada.

Since the last time the frequency of preservative use in cosmetics was reported, several events have taken place that impact the use of preservatives. The first was the Personal Care Products Council’s (PCPC) strong suggestion for member companies to participate in the FDA’s Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP) as part of its Consumer Commitment Code. This resulted in an increase in the number of formulations registered—from 27,771 to 36,811.

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Table 2. Test allergen preservatives with reactions2

Table 2. Test allergen preservatives with reactions<sup>2</sup>

The North American Contact Dermatitis Group published its last update in 2009 from some 4,454 patch-tested patients, including 65 chemicals in each test tray collected from 13 research centers across the United States. The preservatives used in this study and their reaction results are shown here.

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