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Carbon black nano, Disperse Red 17: 2 positive Opinions by the SCCS

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The SCCS adopted both these Opinions during its plenary session on December 12 2013. One focuses on cosmetic colorant Carbon Black in its nano form, the other on Disperse 17, a hair dye colorant. Both Opinions are positive and available for consultation until February 17, 2014.

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Carbon black nano

For background information
• See article Nanos: 3 requests for the Opinion of the SCCS


1. Does the SCCS consider Carbon Black, CI 77266 in its nano form safe for use as a colorant with a concentration up to 10 % in cosmetic products taking into account the scientific data provided?

On the basis of the available evidence, the SCCS has concluded that the use of carbon black CI 77266 in its nano-structured form with a size of 20 nm or larger at a concentration up to 10% as a colorant in cosmetic products, is considered to not pose any risk of adverse effects in humans after application on healthy, intact skin. However, on the basis of the evidence provided, an eye irritation potential of carbon black cannot be completely excluded.
This Opinion does not apply to applications that might lead to inhalation exposure to carbon black nanoparticles, where the preparation might lead to inhalable particles.

2. Does the SCCS have any further scientific concern with regard to the use of Carbon Black, CI 77266 in its nano form as a colorant in cosmetic products?

The purity of carbon black nanomaterials used in cosmetic products should …

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