Thursday, March 30, 2006

Buckyballs in cosmetics: More info on testing?

Chemical & Engineering News just published a piece on Fullerenes for the Face, urging caution about the use of C60 fullerenes in cosmetic products. Interestingly enough, the article does not make an argument against the use of C60-based cosmetics based on toxicity or other scientific research. Nor does it argue that there hasn’t been enough internal testing by pharmaceutical firms. Rather, it criticizes the lack of public communication about the testing that has been done:

“In the course of his work as chief science adviser with the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, Andrew D. Maynard has learned that many manufacturers have been diligent about carrying out safety tests, some going so far as to have independent safety tests conducted outside the company. ‘They don't seem to have thought about telling anybody that they've done it,’ he says. ‘There is very little out there that the manufacturers have made publicly available. We find that consumers usually have to ask the manufacturer for that information. It's not something that they seem to be publicizing widely.’”

(Click here for the full story.)