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Addendum to Quality Assurance Project Plan: Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics: Phthalates and Asbestos

Publication number Date Published
23-03-108January 2023
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Author(s) Tuladhar, P.
Description In 2022, the Washington State Legislature provided one-time funding to the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) to identify and evaluate cosmetic products marketed to or used by people of color for potentially harmful chemicals or chemical classes. In July 2022, Ecology initiated the “Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics” study to assess formaldehyde, lead, cadmium, and arsenic in cosmetic products marketed or sold to people of color.

This addendum supplements the 2022 original Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) by providing details for assessing ortho-phthalates and asbestos in 60 additional cosmetic products.

This study will evaluate nail polishes, hairsprays, feminine hygiene products, and body washes for nine ortho-phthalates. Eight of these are currently on Washington State’s chemicals of high concern to children (CHCC) list. In addition to these eight ortho-phthalates, dimethyl phthalate (DMP), an ingredient mostly found in hairsprays, will be assessed in all these products.

This study will also evaluate talc-containing cosmetic products, such as eyeshadows and blushes, for asbestos contamination.

Data from this study may be used to support future legislation.
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Keywords Transmission Electron Microscopy, X-Ray Diffraction, nail polish, QAPP Addendum, personal care products, toxics, phthalates, asbestos, Polarized Light Microscopy, cosmetics, blush, body wash, eye shadow, feminine care products, feminine cleanser, hair spray, nail products
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