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CTTFA Exploring Siloxane Question

The Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CCTFA) held a meeting with the Environment Canada scientists responsible for drafting the reports pertaining to three cyclic siloxanes (D4/D5/D6). These three are cosmetic ingredients used widely in many common products used around the world, including shampoos, hair conditioners and skin products. The goal of the CCTFA meeting was to discuss the preliminary draft conclusions concerning the potential for “persistence and bioaccumulation” of these ingredients in the environment. Although most scientists recognize these ingredients as safe for human use, Environment Canada (and others) is currently investigating their fate once released into the environment. If it is determined that these ingredients persist or accumulate, then further steps will be required to determine the environmental risks to the environment. These ingredients could then potentially be labeled as environmental risks (CEPA Toxic).

The CCTFA is playing a leading role representing the cosmetic industry to Environment Canada. CCTFA president, Darren Praznik, has listed this as one of his top priorities. A decision is not expected to be reached before the end of this year. It is possible that more information will be requested and the review process may continue well into 2009. Presently, both the US and EU are conducting similar studies, but these will not be concluded before mid-2009.

Main Source: Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CCTFA)