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Position Statement on Nanotechnology


­Consumers have the right to know if the cosmetics and/or personal care products they use contain untested nanomaterial ingredients. The Campaign believes manufacturers and retailers should take a precautionary approach to the use or sale of products with nano-sized particles until such time that these materials have been fully tested for their impacts on human health, environmental health ­and worker health. In addition, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics believes the federal government has a responsibility to protect consumers, workers and the environment from exposure to untested nanomaterial ingredients, and should prohibit the sale of products that contain unsafe or untested nanomaterial ingredients to protect the public health and environmental health.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics asks manufacturers and retailers to: 1) label all products they sell that contain nanomaterial ingredients, 2) request data from suppliers and manufacturers on the environmental, public health, and worker safety impacts of nanomaterial ingredients, and 3) prohibit the unsafe or untested use of nanomaterial ingredients in personal care products.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics calls upon the FDA to: 1) require the manufacturers of cosmetics and personal care products to conduct comprehensive pre-market testing of products formulated with nanomaterial ingredients for their impact on public health, worker health and environmental health; (2) prohibit the unsafe or untested use or sale of nanomaterial ingredients in personal care products; and (3) create a publicly accessible database on the environmental, human health, and worker safety impacts of nanomaterial ingredients; (4) require manufacturers to label all products they manufacture or sell that contain nanomaterial ingredients.


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