New bans, restrictions and SCCS opinions published in July

A few changes have happened in the EU cosmetics regulation in July in the field of prohibited and restricted substances.

 

The mixture of Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone can’t be used anymore in leave-on products since 16th July, while the mixture can still be used in rinse-off products at a maximum concentration of 0.0015% in the ratio of 3:1 of MCI/MI (see the press release from the EU Commission from September 2014 – http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-1051_en.htm).

 

A number of hair dye and eyelash ingredients became restricted:

  • Nine ingredients have been added to Annex III (restricted substances):
    • HC blue no 17: after mixing under oxidative conditions the maximum concentration applied to hair must not exceed 2%
    • HC blue no 15: after mixing under oxidative conditions the maximum concentration applied to hair must not exceed 0.2%
    • Acid green 25: restricted to 0.3% when used as a hair dye substance in non-oxidative hair dye products
    • Acid violet 43: restricted to 0.5% when used as a hair dye substance in non-oxidative hair dye products
    • 2-methoxymethyl-p-phenylenediamine/ 2-methoxymethyl-p-phenylenediamine sulfate: after mixing under oxidative conditions the maximum concentration applied to hair must not exceed 1.8%
    • Hydroxyanthraquinone-aminopropyl methyl morpholinium methosulfate: restricted to 0.5% when used as a hair dye substance in non-oxidative hair dye products
    • Disperse red 17: after mixing under oxidative conditions the maximum concentration applied to hair must not exceed 0.2%
    • Acid black 1: restricted to 0.5% when used as a hair dye substance in non-oxidative hair dye products
    • Pigment red 57: restricted to 0.4% when used as a hair dye substance in non-oxidative hair dye products
  • Thioglycolic acid and its salts is not recommended to be used in the eyelash-waving products for home use, while it can be used in products for professional use in the concentration of up to 11%. The use of Thioglycolic acid and its salts is allowed in the concentration of up to 5% in depilatory products.

Additional warnings will also have to be written on the labels of the products that contain the hair dye ingredients listed above.

http://www.cosmeticsdesign-europe.com/Regulation-Safety/EU-Commission-amends-Annex-III-restricting-hair-dye-and-eyelash-ingredients.

These restrictions will be enforced from 10th August, and manufacturers are given 12 months to make their products compliant with the new restrictions.

 

In an update of the annexes of the EU cosmetics regulation from 28.7.2015 3-Benzylidene Camphor has been moved to annex II, which means that this ingredient can no longer be used in cosmetic products in the EU. Companies have 6 months to adjust their formulas and replace the products already on the market with the new ones, which don’t contain 3-Benzylidene Camphor.

 

Already since April Propylparaben and Butylparaben are also restricted to 0.14% when used individually or together. These ingredients are also banned from leave-on products designed for the nappy area of young children.

 

A number of SCCS opinions were also published in July. These SCCS opinions are still open for comments, so their content might change:

  • Maximum concentration of Methylisothiazolinone (MI) is proposed to be lowered to 0.0015% (down from 0.01%): http://www.cosmeticsdesign-europe.com/Regulation-Safety/SCCS-advises-concentration-limit-of-MI-in-cosmetics-should-be-lowered
  • Hair dye HC Red No. 17 is safe when used in non-oxidative colouring products at concentration of up to 0.5%
  • 1-hexyl 4,5-diamine pyrazole is safe for use in oxidative hair dye formulations with an on-head concentration of maximum 1%
  • HC Blue 18 is safe for use as an ingredient in non-oxidative hair dye formulations at a maximum concentration of 0.35%
  • The maximum allowed concentration of o-phenylphenol is proposed to be lowered from 0.2% in leave-on products to 0.15%. The maximum allowed concentration of 0.2% in rinse-off products remains