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European survey on lead in lipsticks

JRC monitoring study

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Author P. Piccinini, M. Piecha and S. Fortaner Torrent

In support to recent discussions on the content of lead in cosmetics in the International Cooperation on Cosmetic Regulation (ICCR), the JRC has undertaken a monitoring study on 113 samples to assess the content of lead in lip colour products currently available on the European market.

The JRC technical note downloadable here below presents the results of the analysis carried out on a first set of 81 lipsticks and 32 lip glosses of 34 different brands. The analytical method used was based on the microwave digestion of lipsticks followed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) determination (Hepp et al., 2009). In all cases, the lead content was found to be significantly lower than the target values currently recommended by different regulatory Authorities in the EU and worldwide.  

A more detailed account of the study, presenting also other results obtained on additional samples, will soon be published in the international scientific literature.

Reference:

JRC technical note - P. Piccinini, M. Piecha and S. Fortaner Torrent, Results of European Survey on Lead in Lipsticks
JRC 65914; EUR 24886 EN; ISBN 978-92-79-18552-6; ISSN 1831-9424 (online); doi:10.2788/3600
Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union -  © European Union, 2011

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