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With the Cosmetic Regulation (EC) 1223/2009 implementation, the Safety Assessor should evaluate the possible interaction between packaging and cosmetic product, not only in relation to the compatibility, but also for the toxicological point of view. It is a very crucial point, even though doesn’t currently exist any regulation on packaging.
The Safety Assessor should consider the relevant characteristics about the packaging material, its purity and stability and the possible interaction of its components with the cosmetic product. As safety evaluation for a cosmetic product, the manufacturer’s “food grade” declaration of the packaging is usually enough. Nonetheless, the food grade declaration cannot always guarantee the compliance with the Regulation (EC) 1223/2009 because of the numerous substances prohibited by the annexes 2 and 3 actually permitted in the list concerning food products.
The biggest problem is the plastic packaging, since the glass and aluminum are relatively inert, even though it should also be evaluated. The plastic material may release additives, monomers, heavy metals as manufacturing process catalysts, phthalates, bisphenol A and other degradation products.
What to do?
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