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Cosmetic Scientists Hold Historic Meetings at Southern Miss PDF Print E-mail
Friday, March 26, 2010
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The University of Southern Mississippi and one of its professors is playing host to a distinguished group of scientists and business representatives who have their fingers on 11 billion personal care products used around the world each year.

Were here this week to review a massive amount of information, distill that down, and come up with names for very complex compounds which are used in everyday life, explained Dr. John Bailey, executive vice president of the Personal Care Products Council. Were also here at the invitation of Bob Lochhead so that we can see some new horizons and so that he can show off this university.

Dr. Robert Lochhead, professor of polymer science in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, is a member of the international committee which names the ingredients used to make personal care products such as toothpaste, shampoo, hair coloring products, make up and shaving products. He invited his colleagues from the International Nomenclature Committee for Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) for their first-ever meeting in Mississippi.

"Were honored to host the committee as it embarks on the monumental task of naming chemical compounds used in personal care products, said Dr. Joe Whitehead, dean of the College of Science and Technology. 

In the room, and on conference call, are scientists and business representatives from Japan, Europe and the United States, including employees of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with industry leaders such as Clairol, L`Oreal, Estee Lauder and Dow-Corning. One of their tasks is to define, name, and standardize ingredients for the health and safety of consumers. When adopted, these names become law and are accepted for use worldwide.

We know that consumers use at least 12 different cosmetics per day, so its important that ingredients be uniquely labeled so that they can compare the products along with avoiding products containing ingredients to which they are allergic, said Bailey.

Unlike drug and food names that differ depending upon geographical area or local language, names set forth by INCI apply across the globe. With oversight provided by the FDA, European COLIPA and the Japanese Ministry of Health, once ingredient names are adopted by the U.S., Europe and Japan they are then used by the remainder of the developed world.

The committee, which usually meets in New Jersey or Washington, D.C., is expected at this meeting to consider many new ingredients derived from bio-technology. These are components synthesized from materials which are similar to biological products pre-produced in a specific way. Lochhead is holding these meetings on both the Southern Miss campus as well as the National Formulation Science Laboratory in the Southern Miss Innovation and Commercialization Park.   

Dr. Robert Lochhead, professor of polymer science in the University of Southern Mississippis School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, along with members of the International Nomenclature Committee for Cosmetic Ingredients, work through the process of naming compounds found in personal care products.

Members of the International Nomenclature Committee for Cosmetic Ingredients compare scientific data in their first-ever meeting held on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

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