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{December 24, 2012}   New Guidance on Testing of Cosmetic Substances

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The EU Commission’s Scientific Committee of Consumer Safety (SCCS) has published the eighth edition of its guidance on testing cosmetic substances and their safety evaluation. The latest version contains updates on alternative test methods.

Although this guidance document is mainly concerned with toxicity testing and, rightly, draws attention to more tests which are an alternative to animal testing, there is also a section (section3.3) on chemical and physical specifications. This section makes clear that the measurement of chemical and physical properties is of great importance in the overall toxicity testing landscape, and highlights the need to do this properly, including aspects such as impurity identification and quantitation, purity, identification, etc.

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