Nanomaterials in Cosmetics: Regulatory Aspects

Diana Bowman, Nathaniel D. May, Andrew Maynard

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11 Scopus citations


This chapter examines existing regulatory structures for cosmetic products containing nanomaterials. It does this by first providing a snapshot of the types of nanomaterials that are being incorporated into today's cosmetic products, and the potential benefits thereof. Second, by drawing on the current and projected cosmetic product landscape, it examines how these products fit under existing regulatory arrangements within the United States (US) and the European Union (EU)-the two largest cosmetics markets in the world (by dollar value). As the chapter shows, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to regulating a class of product, and factors beyond just science and scientific uncertainty will drive the design and implementation of a regulatory regime. This is arguably more so, though, with nanotechnology in the US and the EU, given the historical context in which nano-based products are being placed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnalysis of Cosmetic Products
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780444635167
ISBN (Print)9780444635082
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • EU Cosmetic Regulation
  • Health risks
  • Nanomaterials
  • Precautionary principle
  • Regulation
  • US Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938
  • US Food and Drug Administration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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