Nanoparticles in Sunscreens: Fact and Fiction

Jan 13, 2014Paul G. McCormick, University of Western Australia

This paper reviews important issues regarding the classification for UV active ingredients and the need for a uniform classification and labeling system covering all nano ingredients. The definition of nanoparticles is not questioned here; however, the highly selective manner in which the definition is applied to different materials is.

Use and Labeling of Nanomaterials in the EU

Jul 1, 2013Chris Flower, PhD, CTPA

Although originally presented as a consolidation and simplification of the Cosmetics Directive and its complex amendments, the recasting of the directive into a regulation for cosmetic products was used as an opportunity to extend the scope in several areas. One of these concerned the use of nanomaterial in cosmetic products, now defined in Article 2(k) of the regulation. It states, “‘Nanomaterial’ means an insoluble or biopersistent and intentionally manufactured material with one or more external dimensions, or an internal structure, on the scale from 1 to 100 nm.”