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AAT (Allergy Alert Test): Opinion of the SCCS

The SCCS has just published it Opinion on the AAT (Allergy Alert Test), the standardised method proposed by Cosmetics eUROPE for allergy tests that consumers are recommended to carry out before using a hair dye. iT is opened to comments until 12 July 2019.

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Background

To date, there is no standardised method for allergy tests that consumers are recommended to carry out before using a hair dye. Cosmetics Europe has developed one, the AAT, for Allergy Alert Test. The European Commission has mandated the SCCS to assess its value.

For full background information, see the article
AAT (Allergy Alert Test): Request for an Opinion to SCCS of 7 January 2019

Opinion

1. In light of the study provided and the SCCP/1104/07 opinion, does the SCCS consider the new harmonized Allergy Alert Test (AAT), with the conditions listed above, a suitable test to provide a signal indicative of an allergic reaction to hair dyes when used by laypersons?

The SCCS acknowledges the standardisation of the allergy test offered by the proposed AAT as a prerequisite for possible future use of such a test by consumers. Within the precision limits of the study, it has been demonstrated that the rating of the test results by a well-informed layperson corresponds well with that of a dermatology expert.
However, as the study participants may have constituted a selective, more educated, or motivated subset of the general user population, the effectiveness of the test in terms of general applicability to all consumers ...