Regulatory updates regarding allergens and zinc oxide

EU Commission published new updates to the regulation concerning perfume allergens and zinc oxide on the 2nd and 3rd August 2017.

Allergens: 3 fragrance allergens which caused the highest number of contact allergy cases in the past years should not be used in cosmetic products anymore. These are the following:

  • 3- and 4-(4-Hydroxy-4-methylpentyl) cyclohex-3-ene-1-carbaldehyde (HICC) – INCI: Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde (lyral)
  • 2,6-Dihydroxy-4-methyl-benzaldehyde (atranol)
  • 3-Chloro-2,6- Dihydroxy-4-methyl-benzaldehyde (chloroatranol)

Timelines:

  • From 23 August 2019 cosmetic products containing one or more of the substances prohibited by this Regulation shall not be placed on the Union market.
  • From 23 August 2021 cosmetic products containing one or more of the substances prohibited by this Regulation shall be not be made available on the Union market.

Zinc oxide: should not be used in applications that may lead to exposure of the end-user’s lungs by inhalation

Timelines:

  • From 24 February 2018 only cosmetic products which comply with this Regulation shall be placed on the Union market.
  • From 24 May 2018 only cosmetic products which comply with this Regulation shall be made available on the Union market.