Entries by Tadej Feregotto

The use of formaldehyde in cosmetics

  Formaldehyde is classified as a carcinogen category 1B and as a mutagen category 2 under CLP Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008. This is a reclassification, which was adopted on 17 December 2013 and applied from 1st April 2015. Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing ingredients Formaldehyde is a colourless gas with a strong smell. It is quickly broken […]

China’s first-imported non-special use cosmetics filing management

Registration of first-imported non-special use cosmetics in China has been replaced by filing management. This should make exporting cosmetics to China easier as there will be less restrictions on the port of entry. The regulatory update was announced by China’s National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) and it was expanded nationwide on November 10, 2018. Under […]

O-phenylphenol restriction and ban of sodium o-phenylphenate, potassium o-phenylphenate and MEA o-phenylphenate

Due to concerns raised by several Member States and potential risks to human health, the European Commission has decided to amend Annex V of the EU cosmetics regulation on 26 November 2018 in order to restrict the use of preservative o-phenylphenol and ban the use of preservatives sodium o-phenylphenate, potassium o-phenylphenate and MEA o-phenylphenate in […]

Cosmetic labelling requirements in China (GB 5296.3-2008)

As is the case in many other countries, labelling is a very important part of ensuring compliance with the relevant cosmetics legislation in China. The applicable national standard for cosmetic products labelling is GB 5296.3-2008. Cosmetic labels, including claims, are checked during the process of pre-market product registration and they are also checked by the […]

California Proposition 65 (Prop 65)

The California Proposition 65, also known as Prop 65, was passed in California in 1986 with the aim of protecting the state’s water sources. The Proposition requires the state to publish and maintain a list of chemicals that are known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. The list of such substances is […]

Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP)

Cosmetics manufacturers, packers and distributors that operate in the USA are encouraged to use the FDA’s Voluntary Cosmetic Registration Program (VCRP). The VCRP applies only to cosmetic products that are sold to end-consumers in the USA. The VCRP does not apply to products that are not intended for sale, such as hotel samples or free […]

MBBT added to Annex VI

A new nano-sized UV filter has been added to Annex VI of the EU cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009 and therefore became approved for use in the EU. The ingredient in question is Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol (MBBT). In 2015 the SCCS published a positive opinion on the use of MBBT in nano form and reconfirmed that opinion in […]

Labelling requirements for aerosols

Cosmetic products are usually packaged in various jars or tubes, but they can also be packaged in aerosol dispensers. Labelling rules for cosmetic products are described in the EU cosmetics regulation 1223/2009, while for aerosol dispensers there are also additional labelling rules, which are listed in the EU aerosol directive.   The following have to […]

D4 and D5 effectively banned

The EU Commission acted to restrict the use of silicones octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) in wash-off personal care products in January. Per Regulation (EU) 2018/35, wash-off cosmetic products must not contain a concentration of D4 or D5 higher than 0.1%. According to the document, this limit “effectively ensures that all intentional use of D4 and D5 will cease […]

Peanut Oil and Hydrolized Wheat Protein Restriction

Annex III  Due to the concern over increasing adverse reactions, the EU Commission has decided to amend Annex III of the EU cosmetics regulation on 4 December 2017 in order to limit the use of peanut oil and hydrolized wheat proteins in cosmetics: Peanut oil, extracts and derivatives which cover the following INCI names.: Arachis hypogaea […]