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Consumer safety

Some consumer products may entail risks. For example are all tooth filling materials equally safe? Can using an MP3 player threaten my hearing?

Allergenic fragrances

Fragrance ingredients are used in consumer goods to give them a specific, usually pleasant smell. They can sometimes cause skin irritations or allergic reactions.

Is the list of fragrance substances that have to be identified on consumer products sufficient, or are there more that should be added to the list? More...

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Metal-on-Metal hip implants

Metal-on-Metal joint implants may solve many dysfunctions related to the hip. But, but do they come with risks? More...

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Silver Nanoparticles

Are silver nanoparticles safe for your health and for the environment? More...

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Chromium

Toys may be manufactured from materials containing chromium VI. Are toys containing chromium VI safe for children? More...

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Artificial Light and Health

Must we be cautious when using artificial light? More...

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Aspartame

Aspartame is a non caloric sweetener used in some diet soft drinks and food preparations. Many studies have assessed the safety of asparame, but some allegations of health risks have launched a debate. Does this artificial sweetener pose health risks? More...

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Bisphenol A

Bisphenol A (BPA) is used to produce certain plastics such as polycarbonates, and epoxy resins.

Is exposure to BPA via medical devices safe? Are there any risks? More...

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Climate impact of shale gas

What are the greenhouse gas emissions and climate implications of shale gas exploitation? More...

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Dental Fillings

In light of recent scientific studies on dental amalgam, SCENIHR revisited its 2008 opinion on the safety and performance of both dental amalgam and possible alternatives.

Mercury, which is the metallic element used in dental amalgam fillings, has well-documented and well-known health effects. Do dental amalgam and alternative materials pose any risks? More...

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Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields

New SCENIHR opinion examines latest data on health impact of latest technologies

Is EMF exposure dangerous for your health? More...

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Biocides

There is concern that this widespread use of biocides, such as disinfectants, preservatives and antiseptics, may lead to the emergence or proliferation of harmful bacteria that are resistant to both biocides and antibiotics.

In the light of current scientific evidence, can biocides lead to antibiotic resistant bacteria? More...

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Energy Saving Lamps

Currently, conventional incandescent lamps are in the process of being replaced with more energy-efficient lamps, mainly compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Fluorescent light has been used for many years in overhead fluorescent tubes without causing any problems. Nevertheless, certain “light sensitive” citizens’ associations have voiced concerns about compact fluorescent lamps.

Do these energy-saving lamps aggravate the symptoms in patients with certain diseases? More...

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is used more and more, is it safe and effective? More...

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Artificial Light

New energy saving lighting technologies are being used more and more.

Can these new artificial light sources affect the health of the general public or of light-sensitive people? More...

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Nano-silica

The commercial use of nanomaterials is fairly new, and while it may offer promising and beneficial applications, it also raises questions about its safety. Is nano-silica in cosmetics dangerous? More...

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Mercury from dental amalgam

What are the environmental risks and indirect health effects of mercury from dental amalgam? More...

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Mercury in CFL

Does the mercury they contain pose a risk to consumers?

Are compact fluorescent lamps beneficial to the environment compared to other lamps? More...

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Methylene glycol

Is the use of methylene glycol in hair straightening products safe? More...

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Nanosafety

The rapid development of nanotechnology created some concerns about their possible effects on human health and safety, and environmental burden. More...

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Non-human primates

Because of their genetic similarities to humans, more than 100 000 monkeys and apes are used every year around the world for biomedical research and for testing the safety of new drugs.

Are there alternatives to the use of non-human primates in research and testing? Would it be feasible to stop using them altogether? More...

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Allergies

Fragrance ingredients are used in consumer goods to give them a specific, usually pleasant smell. They can sometimes cause skin irritations or allergic reactions.

Is the list of fragrance substances that have to be identified on consumer products sufficient, or are there more that should be added to the list? More...

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Personal Music Players & Hearing

In recent years, sales of personal music players have soared and an increasing proportion of the population, particularly young people, is exposed to high sound volumes.

In the light of current scientific knowledge, can the use of personal music players damage hearing? More...

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Phthalates in school supplies

Some school supplies, such as erasers, contain phthalates – substances that are added to plastics to make them soft.

Can regularly chewing on such articles cause harmful health effects? More...

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Accidental poisoning

Some consumer products are packaged to imitate food or appeal to children. This is for instance the case of certain shower gels, liquid soaps and dish-washing liquids. It is likely that these could be swallowed if confused with food.

Who runs the greatest risk and what increases the likelihood of serious poisoning? More...

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Shale Gas

New sources of gas are being increasingly being mobilized in order to meet the demand.

One such important source is shale gas, which needs for extraction a process called « hydraulic fracturing », what are the potential health and environmental risks of it? More...

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Aspartame Reevaluation

Aspartame is a sweetener that is in use for several decades.

The latest data has recently been reviewed by the European Food Safety Authority in the context of a systematic re-evaluation of all food additives in use in Europe. More...

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Security Scanners

Because of increased concern over terrorist attacks on aircraft, new security scanners have been developed to screen passengers at airports, some using x-rays.

Is their use safe for passengers and workers? More...

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Sunbeds & UV radiation

In addition to natural sunlight, sunbed users expose themselves to substantial amounts of artificial UV radiation.
The European Commission Scientific Committee on Consumer Products assessed the health and safety implications of both natural and artificial UV radiation? More...

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Titanium dioxide nanoparticles

Are sunscreens with titanium dioxide nanoparticles safe? More...

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Electronic Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes are growing more and more popular. What is their effect on health?

Can they have an impact on tobacco control? More...

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Pharmaceuticals environment

The pollution of the various compartments of the environment (water, soil and air) with pharmaceutical residues is an environmental concern More...

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Dental Amalgams

Dental amalgams containing mercury have long been used as a tooth filling material, but alternative tooth-coloured materials are increasingly used. How safe and effective are different tooth filling materials? More...

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Tooth Whiteners

To date, millions of tooth whitening kits have been sold across the world to consumers seeking to brighten their smiles. The whitening ingredient in these products is hydrogen peroxide.

Are toothpastes, mouth-rinses and tooth whitening products containing hydrogen peroxide safe? Should they be freely available to consumers? More...

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Triclosan

Triclosan is added to many consumer goods such as cosmetics and detergents to kill microorganisms or inhibit their growth. It is a widely used disinfectant, and there is concern that this widespread use may lead to the emergence of bacteria that are resistant to both biocides and antibiotics.

Can triclosan lead to antibiotic resistant bacteria? More...

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X-Ray Full-Body Scanners

To improve airport security in the light of terrorist threats new full-body scanners have been developed to complement existing metal detectors and hand searches.

How safe are such X-ray security scanners for passengers, in particular for frequent flyers? More...

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Zinc Oxide

Zinc oxide is a white powder which is widely used in a variety of applications, one of which being in cosmetic products as a UV filter. New technologies have recently allowed the use of nano- sized zinc oxide particles.

Are these different to conventional zinc oxide in terms of physical and chemical properties and toxicity? More...

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