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Safety evaluation: 9th revision of the SCCS' Notes of Guidance

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During its plenary meeting of 29 September 2015, the SCCS adopted the 9th revision of its Notes of Guidance for the Testing of Cosmetic Ingredients and their safety evaluation. The text is open to comments until 8 January 2016.

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The text is introduced with this statement by Prof T. Platzk, SCCS Chairperson.

The 'Notes of Guidance for Testing of Cosmetic Ingredients and Their Safety Evaluation by the SCCS' is a document compiled by the members of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS, replacing the former SCCP, SCCNFP and SCC). The document contain s relevant information on the different aspects of testing and safety evaluation of cosmetic substances in Europe. The emphasis of this guidance is on cosmetic ingredients, although some guidance is also given for the safety assessment of finished products. It is designed to provide guidance to public authorities and to the cosmetic industry in order to improve harmonised compliance with the current cosmetic EU legislation. An important development was the 2009 legislative recast, which transformed the cosmetic Directive 76/768/EEC into a Regulation. It is emphasised that from 11 July 2013 onwards this Regulation (2009/1223/EC) was fully applicable. The European cosmetic legislation prohibits the marketing of finished products containing ingredients or combinations of ingredients that have been subject to animal testing after 2013. Therefore the SCCS has closely followed the progress made with regard to the development and validation of alternative methods.

The "Notes of Guidance" are …

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