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Assessing The Safety Of Personal Care Products: Comparative Analysis Of Health Risk Assessment Frameworks

Assessing The Safety Of Personal Care Products

This white paper assesses the safety of personal care products, and provides a comparative analysis of health-risk-based assessment frameworks and best practice recommendations.

Identifying Best Practices for Health-Risk-Based Product Safety Assessments

In an effort to identify best practices for health-risk-based product safety assessment, and to advance the knowledge of safe product development in the personal care industry, UL has conducted a research study.

This White Paper includes an assessment of views expressed by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and activists, as well as views from safety, stewardship, and sustainability experts representing all areas of the product development supply chain. In addition, it explores various elements of a full safety assessment, including hazard characterization, exposure assessment, dose response, risk characterization, and more.

This free White Paper also analyzes five key areas: ingredients disclosure, priority ingredients and alternatives, aggregate exposure, regulatory science, and availability of data.

A number of best practices were identified through a detailed expert review of five primary product safety risk assessment frameworks available for the cosmetic industry and other frameworks outside of the industry. A complete list of the frameworks analyzed are available in the report.

The frameworks were assessed against the following criteria:

  • Assessment of individual ingredients vs. finished formulations;
  • Considerations for ingredients with specific properties or function;
  • Data quality and requirements;
  • Toxicity evaluation(hazard and risk);
  • Exposure assessment;
  • Quantitative safety assessment; and
  • Alternatives assessment guidance.

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