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February 6, 2009

ULM professor appointed to national review expert panel

The Personal Care Products Council recently announced the appointment of two new members to the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel, including Ronald Hill, Ph.D., associate professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

The Council’s other appointment is Daniel Christopher Liebler, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry, pharmacology and biomedical informatics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

“We’re delighted to have these two outstanding individuals join the CIR Expert Panel,” said Panel Chair, Dr. Wilma F. Bergfeld, in a Council statement.

“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.”

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.

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. 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The CIR gathers published and unpublished safety data for review and publishes the results in the open, peer-reviewed scientific literature. CIR starts with most important and common ingredients and will closely evaluate additional ingredients each year.

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