Allergy Risk Management in Consumers

Time: 12:30 - 13:00

Date: 3 July 2018

Theatre: The Royal Society of Medicine


The only route for consumers sensitised to individual substances to prevent adverse reactions is avoidance. Allergic reactions can be elicited following dermal, respiratory or oral exposure to the allergen to which they are sensitised. Accompanying psychological and social dimensions of living with allergy produce a significant adverse impact on consumers quality of life. Strategies for minimising exposure to known allergens and for provision of meaningful risk communication to avoid eliciting adverse reactions appear poorly aligned between the food and cosmetics/personal care industries. The consumer and their allergy are the same, but the allergen information provided on cosmetic/personal care products is unclear for the food allergic consumer, and formulation strategy and choice of ingredients do not appear to consider impacts for consumers sensitised to food allergens. Integrating food allergic consumers as an at-risk group into cosmetic risk assessment and cosmetovigilance, and aligning risk communication terminology should improve their quality of life.


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