The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is requesting feedback on a new Canadian proposal for the development of an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) work item on air-pollution protection skincare products. This proposal is anticipated to fall under the purview of the current technical committee, ISO/TC217 Cosmetics.
Canadian stakeholder feedback is requested by Tuesday, February 20, 2018 to:
- Assess national consensus on moving forward with submitting the proposal to ISO.
- Determine stakeholder interest in working on the development of the standard.
All responses submitted to SCC will serve to inform the Canadian position on the proposal.
Purpose and justification for new field of activity
Skincare products either currently exist, or are being developed, to provide an air-pollution protection factor (APPF) to help address the health issues arising from human skin exposure to harmful air pollutants. However, there are no existing standards to outline requirements and provide a transparent testing methodology for these products.
This proposal builds on the work included in the ISO 24444 Cosmetics — Sun protection test methods — In vivo determination of the sun protection factor (SPF) standard and leverages the approach developed and approved by ISO experts in this area. The goal of this proposal is to identify requirements and create a standardized and transparent testing method to determine the APPF of skincare products. This will, in turn, support the industry’s ability to produce higher quality and safer APPF products.
Currently, the performance and accuracy of air-pollution protection effects can vary considerably from one skincare product to another. Although manufacturers list the claim on their skincare product labels, the specifications are often vague and inconsistent. The current lack of consistency and transparency with regards to the product claims causes confusion in the marketplace. By providing clear and transparent definitions, requirements and testing methodologies, manufacturers will be better able to validate performance; provide higher quality and safer products; and could also benefit from cost savings through a more effective process.
Consumers depend on the information contained in labels, including manufacturers’ claims, to make purchasing decisions. This proposal will support the validation of skincare products’ APPF claims through standardized testing. This will then enable consumers to make informed purchasing decisions with greater confidence.
The ability to validate manufacturers’ performance claims as a result of clear requirements and standardized testing will provide data to support informed and transparent policy development. The standard will also facilitate trade by supporting the alignment of market access requirements and conformity assessment procedures between jurisdictions. For example, it will help to align product categorization recognition across jurisdictions.
Scope of proposed new work item
The scope of the proposal is to specify a method for the in vivo determination of the air-pollution protection factor (APPF) for anti-pollution skincare products. It provides a basis for the evaluation of air-pollution protection products that contain a component able to protect human skin from particulate matter (PM 2.5).
Stakeholders are invited to consider the above scope and justification details when formulating a response:
- Would you support Canada developing an international standard on this subject area?
- If yes, would you be interested in participating on the corresponding Canadian Mirror Committee involved in the development of this work item at ISO?
Deadline for response
SCC values your feedback on this proposal. Please fill out the stakeholder feedback form no later than Tuesday, February 20, 2018.
For more information, please contact Suzanna Ersoy, Program Manager, ISO, SCC, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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