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Monday, July 5, 2021SCCS

Nanos Gold and Platinum: Final opinions of the SCCS

Or et Platine nanos : Opinions finales du CSSC

Following the mandate given by the European Commission to the SCCS in November 2019, within the framework of the evaluation of ingredients listed as nanomaterials, the Scientific Committee has just published its final Opinions on the safety of seven cosmetic ingredients derived from gold and platinum. They were adopted at the CSSC plenary meeting of 24-25 June 2021.

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Gold [nano], Colloidal gold [nano], Gold thioethylamino hyaluronic acid [nano] et Acetyl heptapeptide-9, Colloidal gold [nano]


The Commission has concerns on the use of Gold - Colloidal Gold, Gold Thioethylamino Hyaluronic Acid and Acetyl heptapeptide-9, Colloidal gold in nano form because of the potential for nanoparticles to be absorbed dermally or across a mucous membrane and to enter cells. It mandated the SCCS to assess the safety of these ingredients in November 2019. The Scientific Committee published its preliminary Opinion in April 2021.

For an exhaustive background information, see the articles
Nanos (Gold, Platinum): Requests for Opinions to SCCS, CosmeticOBS, 25 November 2019
Gold, Platinum: Preliminary Opinions of the SCCS on 7 nano-ingredients, CosmeticOBS, 26 April 2021

The preliminary Opinion of the SCCS has been subject to a commenting period of eight weeks after its initial publication (from 16 April until 14 June 2021). One comment was received during this time but it did not change the content of the Opinion.

The final Opinion

1. In view of the above, and taking into account the scientific data provided, does the SCCS consider the nanomaterials Gold and Colloidal Gold, Gold Thioethylamino Hyaluronic Acid and Acetyl Heptapeptide-9 …

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