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Aluminium: new request for Opinion to the SCCS

Aluminium : nouvelle demande d'Opinion au CSSC

Following the SCCS Opinion (and its addendum) on the safety of aluminium in cosmetic products (including deodorants and antiperspirants, toothpastes and lipsticks), the European Commission has decided to go a step further by asking the Scientific Committee to extend its Opinion to other types of products, and to take into account the aggregate exposure to this substance. The SCCS has nine months to give its opinion on the matter.

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Aluminium (Al) and Al compounds are used in a variety of cosmetic products, predominantly in deodorants, antiperspirants, lipsticks and toothpastes. Several Al compounds are regulated in different entries of the Cosmetics Regulation (EC) No.1223/20091.

In 2013, a risk assessment issued by the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety reported that cosmetic products, and in particular antiperspirants, constitute a significantly larger contribution to the total systemic Al exposure compared to diet at least for the Norwegian population that was used in the study. As a result, SCCS was mandated to evaluate the possible risk for human health arising from the presence of Al in cosmetics. The assessment was based on products and aluminium compounds that contributed to the highest consumer’s exposure, namely antiperspirants/deodorants, toothpastes and lipsticks.

In its Opinion SCCS/1525/14, the SCCS concluded that, due to the lack of adequate data on dermal penetration, the requested risk assessment could not be performed.
In 2016, industry submitted a new safety dossier to address the dermal penetration and the fate of Al (after skin application) based on a human exposure study. At its plenary meeting on 3 March 2020, the SCCS adopted its final Opinion SCCS/1613/19 and in March 2021 and …

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