Croda welcomed proposal of FDA regarding reclassification of TiO2 and ZnO
Croda International welcomed the FDA announcement regarding a proposed update to regulatory requirements for sunscreens in the United States, that would reclassify Titanium Oxide (TiO2) and Zink Oxide (ZnO) as Generally Recognized as Safe and Effective (GRASE) category I. Previously none of the 16 currently marketed active ingredients were considered GRASE. This new update would helt to eliminate confusion amongst sunscreen formulators and consumers alike with the new assessment of these mineral-based sunscreen active ingredients.
Safe and effective ingredients
The proposed FDA reclassification of TiO2 and ZnO to GRASE category I, would label them as satisfying three criteria to be designated as safe and effective for their intended use. This would mean that no other data is required for them to be used in sun-screen formulations. This proposed update on safe and effective ingredients in sunscreens, helps, both formulators and consumers cut through all the ambiguity in the marketplace, and clearly identifies metal oxide technology as a preferred route to safe and effective UV protection.
Helene Hine, Marketing Manager – Croda Personal Care – Beauty Effects, commented, “We have seen the sun care market moving towards Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide for some time now. This has been largely driven by consumers’ desire to move away from chemical sunscreens, which use petro-derived ingredients, and more towards mineral based sunscreens. The company welcomes this news that further confirms the safety of these invaluable ingredients, no matter what the particle size. In addition, being globally approved, this opens up new possibilities for formulators and brands in all markets of the world to meet the needs of today’s consumers.”
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