1. Charron, S. De Vaugelade, F. Richard, A. Largitte and S. Pirnay

Newspaper : International Journal of Cosmetic Science 


OBJECTIVE: In July 2013, the European Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 came into effect in order to secure cosmetic products. The content-containing interaction between the packaging and the product must be considered for the safety assessment. Indeed, some compounds are able to migrate from the packaging to the product and may be harmful to the consumer health. This is why a first test was established by EXPERTOX laboratory in 2012 to deal with this new regulation. A new analytical method was developed and validated for the quantification of twenty-three substances able to migrate from the packaging to the product.  It was applied on a plastic packaging with the five simulants of migration.

METHODSTo evaluate the content-containing interaction, a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry method was developed and validated. Liquid-liquid extraction was used to extract contaminants (thirteen phthalates and ten substances of very high concern) from migration simulants.

RESULTS: Calibration curves showed good linearity regression from 2 to 50 µg mL-1 for nineteen molecules and from 5 to 45 µg mL-1 for the others. The limits of quantification were respectively 2 and 5 µg mL-1. The accuracy, precision, repeatability of the analytical method and extraction yields were acceptable. No molecule was found in simulants of migration, so the potential contaminants present in the packaging did not migrate.

CONCLUSION:  A gas chromatography-mass spectrometry method and liquid-liquid extraction were validated for twenty three molecules and can be used for the evaluation of the content-containing interaction of cosmetic products. Both quantification and extraction procedures are more robust and faster than previous method.

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