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SAM abstract submission deadline extended

17 January, 2019

Abstract submission deadline has been extended to the 23 January
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The EAACI/ESCD Skin Allergy Meeting is the leading European meeting in 2019 devoted to skin allergy. The fifth edition of this biennial event will take place from 4–6 April 2019 in Munich, Germany at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). SAM will be held in collaboration with the European Society for Contact Dermatitis (ESCD).

Candidates for vacant positions on the Executive Committee

1 September, 2018

The Executive Committee is delighted to announce the following candidates have been proposed for the forthcoming vacant positions on the Executive:

President Elect – Kristiina Aalto Korte (Finland)

Secretary – Mihaly Matura (Sweden)

Treasurer – Vera Mahler (Germany)

A vote will take place at the General Assemble Meeting at the Milan Congress.


David Orton, Secretary ESCD

ESCD “best paper award” 2018/1

8 August, 2018

The ESCD “Best Paper Award” 1/2018 has been awarded for the contribution “Imaging mass spectrometry for novel insights into contact allergy – a proof-of-concept study on nickel” by Per Malmberg et al., Occupational Dermatology, Department of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, 413 45 Göteborg, Sweden. It has been published in Contact Dermatitis 2018 Feb;78(2):109-116, see

Wolfgang Uter, 8 August 2018

4th Edition of ‘Patch Testing’ by A.C. de Groot has been published

30 July, 2018

the 4th Edition of  ‘Patch Testing’ has been published. It provides patch test concentrations and vehicles for 4900 chemicals and substances, for some 100 groups of chemically or functionally related chemicals and nearly 200 (finished) products. In addition, lists are provided of chemicals which have caused photosensitivity, immediate contact reactions and patch test sensitization.

This new Edition consists of 600 pages and has nearly 1000 literature references. Improvements in this edition include

  1. the addition of CAS numbers to all chemicals, the consistent use of INCI names for main entries
  2. the positioning of prefixes (cis-, dl-, tert-, p-, bis- etc.) and figures (2,4-, 1,3,5- etc.) before the names
  3. prefixes are now italicized according to chemistry convention (e.g., cis-, dl-, tert-, p-, o-, m-, d-, l-, trans, N-, R-, S-)
  4.  corrections of previously incorrectly spelled names (mistakes and imperfections came to light when looking for CAS numbers).

More information on the book and its contents can be found at

ESCD “best paper award” 2017/2

12 February, 2018

The ESCD “Best Paper Award” 2/2017 has been awarded for the contribution Allergic contact der matitis caused by isobornyl acrylate in Freestyle® Libre, a newly introduced glucose sensor” by Anne Herman and Olivier Aerts et al., Department of Dermatology, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, 1200, Brussels, Belgium, and Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Antwerp and University of Antwerp, 2650, Antwerp, Belgium, respectively, published in Contact Dermatitis 2017: 77: 367373 (see

Wolfgang Uter, 12 February 2018

Book review by Marie-Louise Schuttelaar – first monograph by Anton de Groot ‘non fragrance allergens in cosmetics’

19 January, 2018

Anton de Groot has published a new book – Monographs in Contact Allergy.  Volume I. is titled Non-fragrance allergens in cosmetics. This book is the first in a series of three. The second book will discuss fragrances and the third local and systemic drug reactions.


Here, Marie-Louise Schuttelaar reviews the first monograph:

Monographs in Contact Allergy, Volume I. Non-fragrance allergens in cosmetics


M.L.A. Schuttelaar, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands


This two-part 1430 pages book written by Anton de Groot presents 500 monographs on chemicals and substances that have caused contact allergy / allergic contact dermatitis by their presence in cosmetics. Each monograph begins with the section “Identification”: name, description/definition, chemical class, IUPAC name, other names, CIR and SCCS data, functions in cosmetics, patch testing advice, chemical formula and (beautifully drawn) structural formulas. In each monograph, data are provided (if such information is available) on results of patch testing in unselected patients suspected of contact dermatitis (routine testing), testing in selected patient groups (e.g., individuals suspected of cosmetic reactions, patients with leg ulcers, hairdressers, children, patients with periorbital dermatitis), case reports and case series of cosmetic allergy, allergy from non-cosmetic products, cross-reactivity, patch test sensitization, provocation tests, dilution series testing, chemical analyses and frequency of use in cosmetics in the USA (including recent data from FDA’s Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program). Next, info is provided on irritant contact dermatitis, immediate contact reactions, non-eczematous adverse effects, systemic side effects and other relevant data. In other words, the monographs are not limited to cosmetic allergy but provide full reviews. Many are 1-3 pages only, but some monographs have >10 pages (e.g.,benzophenone-3, chlorhexidine digluconate, imidazolidinyl urea, propylene glycol), >20 (colophonium, formaldehyde, methylisothiazolinone) and even >30 pages (MCI/MI and p-phenylenediamine).

Because of our special interest in p-phenylenediamine, I have studied this monograph carefully and it proved to give a clear, informative, complete, very useful and detailed review of contact allergy and other side effects of p-phenylenediamine in hair dyes and other products with no less than 344 literature references. A nice touch was a bit of history about the French chemist Eugène Schueller, who marketed the product at the beginning of the 20th century with his French Harmless Hair Dye Company, from which L’Oreal developed. Knowing Anton, I am sure he has spent the same amount of energy and accuracy in all other monographs. Following the section with monographs (1325 pages) there are smaller chapters on immediate contact reactions, photosensitivity, a complete list of cosmetic functional groups (preservatives, sunscreens, humectants et cetera) and all chemicals in these groups that have caused cosmetic allergy, followed by a 30-page alphabetical list of synonyms referring to the names used for the monograph titles (INCI names where available).

After Patch Testing and Essential oils, this is yet another phenomenal reference book from Anton, which will make our work in the patch testing clinic easier and more fruitful and which is also very helpful for authors. I am looking out for the next two volumes in the Monographs series on Fragrances (volume II) and Topical and systemic drugs (Volume III).


Title: Monographs in Contact Allergy, Volume I. Non-fragrance allergens in cosmetics

Author: Anton C. de Groot

Edition: First Edition, 2018, 2 parts (ISBN 978-1-138-57325-3 and 978-1-138-57338-3)

Publisher: CRC Press Taylor & Francis group, Boca Raton, Fl, USA

Pages: 1430 +xxxvii

More info:

Price: £190.00





ESCD 2018 Milan Congress website now live

19 January, 2018

The website for the 14th ESCD Congress to be held in Milan 18-20 October 2018 is now live. Please find details for registration and submission of abstracts

The abstract submission date is set for April 2nd so please hurry !

Certain parts of the website, including the Registration button are not currently working. The ESCD has informed the Congress organiser and the PCO of these problems so they will hopefully be fixed quite soon.

Baseline Series Working Party request for feedback

20 December, 2017

The European Baseline Series working party recently met in Amsterdam and are seeking comments by the 28 February 2018 to suggested changes to the current European baseline series.

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