SETAC Annual Meeting focuses on environmental impact of cosmetics

By Simon Pitman

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SETAC Annual Meeting focuses on environmental impact of cosmetics
The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) is holding its 35th Annual Meeting, which this year has a session devoted to the environmental impact of cosmetic and personal care products.

The event will be held between the 1st and 5th of November at the Salt Palace Convention Center, in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is dedicated to scientists and related professionals in both North America and 40 countries worldwide.

During the four-day event, the program will provide a number of networking opportunities together with a comprehensive conference program targeting various aspects of  environmental science, from national environmental issues such as those facing the Great Salt Lake, as well as international issues such as climate change.

The program will include segments with scientific, social and student focuses, together with business and networking meetings and awards for students to attend the event.

Over 1,600 presentations during four days

Amongst the 1,600 strong presentation program, there will also hit on a number of areas that specifically impact the cosmetics and personal care industry, including endocrine disruptors, as well as looking at the environmental impact of specific ingredients, including microplastics, nano-silver, triclosan, and preservatives such as parabens.

The scientific presentations will run on 96 platform sessions from Monday through to Thursday, and will be complimented by four all-day poster presentations.

Although many of the presentations will be touching on topics relevant to the cosmetics and personal care area, those specifically targeting the  industry will happen during a dedicated segment being held on Thursday, November 5th.

The ecological risk of cosmetics

This session has been grouped under the topic "What Do We Know About the Ecological Risk of Consumer and Personal Care Product Ingredients?", and each of the speakers is charged with answering this question.

Presentations under this session title will include findings concerning the photofate of benzophene uv-filters in natural waters, an evaluation of anionic surfactants in the environment, an evaluation of the effects of triclosan on field crops and the screening of the environmental risk assessment of cosmetic ingredients.

In total there will be seven presentations within this segment that will focus on understanding the ecological risk of personal care product ingredients, what is known about their fate and occurrence in the environment, and the potential effects on aquatic and terrestrial organisms.

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