The U.S. Food and Drug administration has released three documents from the most recent International Cooperation on Cosmetics Regulation (ICCR) meeting, which discussed nanomaterial safety and cosmetics testing regulation. an international group of cosmetics regulatory authorities from the united states, Canada, European Union, and Japan, ICCR seeks to promote regulatory convergence, while maintaining global consumer protection and minimizing barriers to international trade.

One of the documents, titled “safety approaches to nanomaterials in Cosmetics,” discusses the ICCR Joint regulator-industry Working Group’s review of existing safety approaches for the use of nanomaterials in cosmetics and presents the most recent international consensus on available safety assessments. the other two documents provide an inventory and a table of validated alternatives to animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients. the next ICCR meeting is slated for July 2014 in Ottawa, Canada.