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CTFA stresses consumer benefit of microparticles.

* The Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association (CTFA) has filed comprehensive comments with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the science and regulation of nanoparticles in personal care products. CTFA comments specifically address issues raised in a petition filed with the FDA earlier this year on the use of nanotechnology in personal care products, in particular, sunscreens.

In 1996, the FDA concluded that smaller, micronized particles of titanium dioxide are not new substances and that there is no evidence demonstrating that these micronized particles are unsafe. Nanosized titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, unlike the larger particle size ingredient, form a transparent rather than a thick, white coating, which leads to greater consumer acceptance and use of sunscreen products, and therefore greater protection from skin cancer and other damaging effects of the sun. The same improvement in formulation esthetics also applies to the use of these materials in cosmetics.

"Nanoparticle ingredients in personal care products sit on top of the skin, are used in small amounts and are not absorbed into the body.," said John Bailey, executive vice president for science at CTFA and former FDA official. "We take the science of safety very seriously, and that is why we review the latest and most comprehensive scientific research before bringing a product to market." More info:

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Title Annotation:Regulations
Publication:Household & Personal Products Industry
Date:Oct 1, 2006
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