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The COT have issued an addendum to the COT, COC and COM joint statement on nanomaterial toxicology following a review of information on the toxicology of nanoparticles used in healthcare. This review resulted from a suggestion in the joint statement.
The COT has reviewed the results of research investigating the effect of two mixtures of certain artificial food colours together with the preservative sodium benzoate on behaviour in children, which was conducted at the University of Southampton.
The Committee was asked to consider data from research commissioned by the FSA to address limitations in the data used as the basis for the 2001 dioxins risk assessment. The Committee considered this study clarified some of the uncertainties in its risk assessment, and provided additional evidence that the current TDI of 2 pg/kg bw/day is protective for the developing male fetus.
The COT was asked to provide toxicological advice on the revised formulation and whether there was any increased risk to those directly or indirectly exposed to PAVA from Captor II in comparison with Captor I.
The COT was asked by the Department for Transport to undertake an independent scientific review of data submitted by the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) due to concerns about the possible effects on aircrew health of oil/hydraulic fluid smoke/fume contamination incidents in commercial aircraft.
On 7 February 2007 the Committee held an open workshop on 'Evolving Approaches to Chemical Risk Assessment'. Invited expert speakers gave detailed presentations on techniques that the Committee may wish to exploit in future risk assessments. This statement summarises the presentations and subsequent Committee discussions.