Nanotech Database

Article Title:
Sunscreen Safety: The Precautionary Principle, The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration and Nanoparticles in Sunscreens

Faunce, Thomas

Journal Information:
Vol. 2, Num. 3


This paper looks at the precautionary principle as a method of risk assessment and tries to determine how the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (ATGA) used it, and also how it should have used it, in the approval of sunscreens contained altered nanoparticles. One of the main focuses of this piece is to actually prove that the ATGA used too much regulatory restriction, and that the sunscreen did not need enhanced regulation because the nanoparticles of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide were not fundamentally different from their larger counterparts. The problem the authors see is not necessarily a lack or overabundance of regulation but an incomplete framework as to how something like the precautionary principle should be applied in such a case.