US FDA publishes white paper on testing for asbestos in cosmetics

US FDA publishes white paper on testing for asbestos in cosmetics

THE WHAT? The US Food and Drug Administration has released a white paper outlining scientific opinions on the testing of talc-containing cosmetics products for asbestos.

THE DETAILS The white paper follows the February 2020 public meeting on asbestos testing and recommends both polarized light microscopy and transmission electron microscopy to identify and report the presence of asbestos as well as outlining recommendations for reporting, policies and procedures related to the testing.

THE WHY? Author, IWGACP was asked to develop a consensus document that would support the development of standardized testing methods to improve the sensitivity and consistency of analyses and inter-laboratory concurrence when reporting asbestos and other similar particles in talc that could potentially affect cosmetic product safety.

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