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Nano-sunscreens – a double-edged sword in protecting consumers from harm: viewing Australian regulatory policies through the lenses of the European Union

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Nanotechnology has the potential to bring about revolutionary changes in manufacturing products,

    including sunscreens. However, a knowledge gap between benefits and detriments of engineered

    nano-materials used in sunscreens exists, which gives rise to safety concerns. This article is concerned

    with the protection of consumers without impairing the embellishment of this promising technology. It

    is widely argued that the harm associated with nano-sunscreens may only occur under certain conditions

    related mainly to users skin vulnerability, which can be avoided by informed and careful use of

    such a product. We thus recognize the need for fostering the growth of nanotech simultaneously with

    preventing potential harm. We revisit the Australian sunscreens regulatory policies, which embrace a

    “wait and see” approach, through the lens of regulatory policies in the European Union (EU) that are

    influenced by a “precautionary principle.” We highlight the importance of informing consumers about

    the sunscreen they are using and recommend that product labels should disclose the presence of

    nano-ingredients in line with the EU disclosure requirements. This will allow users to carefully apply

    the product in order to avoid any potential harm and to protect manufacturers from possible costly litigation

    in future. This can be achieved through a combined collaborative effort of regulators, supply

    chain entities, and end users.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • S. M. Solaiman, J. Algie, S. Bakand, R. Sluyter, V. Sencadas, M. Lerch, X. Huang, K. Konstantinov & P. J. Barker, 'Nano-sunscreens – a double-edged sword in protecting consumers from harm: viewing Australian regulatory policies through the lenses of the European Union' (2019) Online First Critical Reviews in Toxicology 1-18.

Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 18

Volume


  • Online First

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • Nanotechnology has the potential to bring about revolutionary changes in manufacturing products,

    including sunscreens. However, a knowledge gap between benefits and detriments of engineered

    nano-materials used in sunscreens exists, which gives rise to safety concerns. This article is concerned

    with the protection of consumers without impairing the embellishment of this promising technology. It

    is widely argued that the harm associated with nano-sunscreens may only occur under certain conditions

    related mainly to users skin vulnerability, which can be avoided by informed and careful use of

    such a product. We thus recognize the need for fostering the growth of nanotech simultaneously with

    preventing potential harm. We revisit the Australian sunscreens regulatory policies, which embrace a

    “wait and see” approach, through the lens of regulatory policies in the European Union (EU) that are

    influenced by a “precautionary principle.” We highlight the importance of informing consumers about

    the sunscreen they are using and recommend that product labels should disclose the presence of

    nano-ingredients in line with the EU disclosure requirements. This will allow users to carefully apply

    the product in order to avoid any potential harm and to protect manufacturers from possible costly litigation

    in future. This can be achieved through a combined collaborative effort of regulators, supply

    chain entities, and end users.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • S. M. Solaiman, J. Algie, S. Bakand, R. Sluyter, V. Sencadas, M. Lerch, X. Huang, K. Konstantinov & P. J. Barker, 'Nano-sunscreens – a double-edged sword in protecting consumers from harm: viewing Australian regulatory policies through the lenses of the European Union' (2019) Online First Critical Reviews in Toxicology 1-18.

Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 18

Volume


  • Online First

Place Of Publication


  • United States