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The EU are starting to take note of consumer pressure & displayed on their website is a call to action:

Commission calls for expert cosmetics risk assessors

News in brief – 4 December 2014

If you are a scientist with experience in risk assessment of consumer products, the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) is seeking additional external experts for its working groups.

The SCCS provides the Commission with scientific opinions concerning risk assessment of consumer products, mainly cosmetic products and their ingredients, which the Commission uses to develop policies on the consumer protection.

Expertise is required in one or more of the following areas: analytical chemistry, toxicokinetics including modelling, reproductive toxicity, dermatology, sensitisation, and in vitro toxicology.

The deadline was 11 January 2015. See the SCCS call for more information:

http://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/call_experts/call_experts_2014_en.htm

then see link to the 151 page document called:

REGULATION (EC) No 1223/2009 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 30 November 2009 on cosmetic products

 

The EU have a list of 1300+ banned ingredients already!

Years ago mascara, for instance, would have just been made of Vaseline, activated charcoal & beeswax – now there a many more ingredients with long chemical names.   [Vaseline is a petrol deriviative so far from ideal – more about that in another post]

I think we have become used to buying our favourite products without checking if the formulation has altered over the years. Maybe we don’t sit up & take notice until we get an allergic reaction; but by then we have ingested unnecessary chemicals for years & they are taking an unknown toll on our health.

I am compiling a glossary of all the ingredients I can & it is taking hours…if you have any questions do let me know

Will you start reading the ingredient list now?

 

2 Comments

  1. Robyn says:

    You’ve made me more aware! I LOVE THAT!!! Keep up the good work and I’ll start reading more labels!

  2. Tammy says:

    I think it’s ever so important to read and understand an ingredient list. And erroneously, some people think if you can’t pronounce it, you shouldn’t eat it or put it on your skin. In most countries, the scientific name is required on the ingredient label and even completely natural ingredients like carrier oils and botanical butters have ominous names.

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