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November 7, 2008

CIR Considers 21 Assessments

The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel considered 21 separate safety assessments at various stages of development during a meeting Sept. 22-23 in Washington, D.C. Eleven final and amended final safety assessments were issued, including a total of 95 individual cosmetic ingredients. The CIR Expert Panel tabled discussion of two other safety assessments in order to add additional ingredients. Five tentative and tentative amended safety assessments were issued for a 60-day public comment period, including 53 individual cosmetic ingredients. The reports will be reconsidered at the next meeting, Dec. 8-9.

The CIR Expert Panel, during its routine re-review, considered that the data in three separate safety assessments were adequate to support the safety of ingredients in addition to those included in the original safety assessment. The safety assessment of ethyl ester of PV/PMA copolymer and butyl ester of PV/PMA copolymer could be expanded to include seven additional ingredients; the safety assessment of sesame oil could be expanded to include three additional ingredients and the safety assessment of sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate, TEA-dodecylbenzenesul- fonate, and sodium decylbenzenesulfonate could be expanded to include nine additional ingredients. These expanded reports will be considered at the December meeting. Interested parties were encouraged to provide any relevant safety test data to facilitate these efforts.
CIR has announced its 2009 meeting dates: March 23-24; June 29-30; September 24-25 and December 7-8. More info: CIR (202) 331-0651,

SDA Microsite Combats Cleaning Misinformation, a special microsite with useful, straightforward science-based information on cleaning and fabric care products, has been launched by the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA). Accordign to SDA, the site went live around the time that Green Goes with Everything, a book that disparages traditional cleaning products, was published.
“We regret that author Sloan Barnett unfairly attacks cleaning products that are used safely and effectively by millions of people every day—in homes, offices, hospitals, day care centers, and other institutions,” said Brian Sansoni, VP-communication, SDA.
The author is married to Roger Barnett, chairman and CEO of Shaklee Corporation, whose products she promotes throughout the book. More info:
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