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Nano and cosmetics


Dossier: Nanos in cosmetics

By AVICENN Team – Last Modified June 2022

Almost all cosmetic products contain nanos : toothpastes, sunscreens, anti-aging creams, foundations, nail polish, mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks, hair dyes, blush, powders, blush, soaps, shower gels, deodorants…

These nanos are mainly colorants, texture agents, antibacterials or UV filters.

Despite thelabeling requirement (theoretically in force in Europe since 2013, but insufficiently applied) and the publication of a pseudo-“catalogue” by the European Commission in 2017 / 2019, the precise identification of nanoparticles in cosmetics is still today very difficult for consumers and health authorities, unless resorting to laboratory analyzes.

In the absence of sufficiently reliable data, their risk for the health are still poorly defined and poorly evaluated.
As to environmental risks, they are still too little taken into consideration by risk assessment and substance authorization bodies.

Where are nanos hidden in cosmetics, what are they used for, how to detect them and can they be replaced? How are they supervised, in France and in Europe? What are their risks for human health and ecosystems? This file explores these different questions and is bound to evolve over the course of our monitoring and your contributions!

The next nano meetings

Nanotechnology, bend or mirage? (FCE CFDT, Paris)
  • "What prevention approaches to limit the risks?" »
  • Health and Work Day on the impact of nanotechnology on health
  • Organizer: Chemistry and Energy Federation (FCE) of the CFDT
  • Speakers: FCE, INRS, AVICENN
  • Website :…
Future-proof Approaches for Risk Governance – Lessons Learned from Nanomaterials (NANORIGO, RiskGONE & Gov4Nano, online)
  • Conference
  • Topic: “future challenges in risk governance of nano- & advanced materials. This includes safe- and sustainable by design (SSbD) and harmonization and standardization”
  • Organizers: NANORIGO, RiskGONE et Gov4Nano, in collaboration with the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials
  • Website :…
NanoSafe conference 2023 (CEA, Grenoble)
  • 8th International Conference on Health Issues for a Responsible Approach to Nanomaterials
  • June 5-9, 2023
  • Organizer: Commissariat for Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies (CEA)
  • Website :…  

A remark, a question? This file produced by AVICENN is intended to be completed and updated. Please feel free to contribute.

This folder was originally created in February 2019

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