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Two New Expert Panelists Appointed to Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR)

For Immediate Release: 
December 19, 2008

Contact:  Kathleen Dezio, (202) 454-0302 or Lisa Powers (202) 466-0489

Daniel Christopher Liebler, Ph.D. & Ronald Alan Hill Ph.D. Join CIR Expert Panel

 Washington, D.C., December 19, 2008 — The Personal Care Products Council is proud to announce the recent appointment of two new members to the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel. Daniel Liebler joins the panel as the current Director at the Jim Ayers Institute for Precancer Detection and Diagnosis, and Professor of Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Ronald Hill is an Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the Universit of Louisiana at Monroe.

“We’re delighted to have these two outstanding individuals join the CIR Expert Panel,” said Panel Chair Wilma F. Bergfeld, M.D. “With their extensive expertise in chemistry, both Dr. Hill and Dr. Liebler will undoubtedly prove invaluable additions to an already experienced team of diverse CIR panelists.”

CIR provides an additional layer of safety to existing FDA oversight and regulation by thoroughly reviewing and assessing the safety of ingredients used in cosmetics worldwide. Founded more than 30 years ago, CIR is an independent, nonprofit program with a panel of world-renowned scientists and physicians. Members of the Expert Panel hail from leading scientific and medical institutions and are experts in disciplines that include, dermatology, toxicology and pathology --- and now, chemistry, bringing the total number of panel members to nine. Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Consumer Federation of America participate in the program, serving as liaison members. Members are independent, have no financial involvement with the industry, and are subject to the same conflict of interest rules as FDA Advisory Committee Members.

The CIR gathers published and unpublished safety data for review and publishes the results in the open, peer-reviewed scientific literature. By year end, the panel estimates to have completed the review of more than 1,500 personal care products ingredients, representing a majority of ingredients used to formulate cosmetics today. CIR starts with most important and common ingredients and will closely evaluate additional ingredients each year. 

Based in Washington, D.C., Personal Care Products Council is the leading national trade association representing the global cosmetic and personal care products industry. Founded in 1894, the Council's more than 600 member companies manufacture, distribute, and supply the vast majority of finished personal care products marketed in the U.S. As the makers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on everyday, from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, lipstick and fragrance, personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.