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ICCR sixth annual meeting

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The International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR) held its sixth annual meeting (ICCR-6) July 10-13, 2012 in Rockville, Maryland, U.S.A. to discuss issues related to cosmetics and cosmetic-like drug/quasi-drug products. ICCR is an international group of regulatory authorities for cosmetics from Canada, the European Union, Japan, and the United States. This multilateral framework seeks to promote regulatory convergence, while maintaining the highest level of global consumer protection and minimizing barriers to international trade. As part of this meeting, the regulators entered into a dialogue with cosmetics industry trade associations from each region. In conjunction with ICCR-6, a Regulators Forum was held, with representation from Australia, Brazil, People’s Republic of China, Republic of Korea, and Saudi Arabia.

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The meeting focused on the following topics:
Alternatives to Animal Testing
In silico
Prediction Models for Safety Assessment
Trace Impurities
Endocrine Disruptors
On July 12, the ICCR Regulators hosted an open stakeholder meeting. Participants in this session included members of consumer organizations and industry associations, with an interest in regulatory issues involving cosmetics. The ICCR process, as well as current work items noted above, was shared. Information was presented from stakeholders for future consideration.
The next ICCR meeting will be held in Japan in 2013.

Outcomes of the Meeting

 1. Alternatives to Animal Testing

Regulators received an updated report on International Cooperation on Alternative Test Methods (ICATM) activities.
The ICCR acknowledges the usefulness of ICATM’s “ Current Alternative Test Method Validation and Regulatory Acceptance Status Reportfor ICCR ” as a reference for industry . The report will continue being updated on a semi-annual basis.
The revised document “Applicability of Animal Testing Alternatives in Regulatory Frameworks within ICCR Regions” will be posted.

 2. In silico Prediction Models for Safety Assessment

An overview was provided on the potential application of Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (QSAR) prediction models for cosmetic ingredient safety …

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