New bans, restrictions and SCCS opinions

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 […]

Aerosol legislation

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 […]

New bans, restrictions and SCCS opinions

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 […]

New bans, restrictions and SCCS opinions

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 […]

Parabens in cosmetics

EU technical document on cosmetic claims – “free from” and “hypoallergenic” claims

EU technical document on cosmetic claims – “free from” and “hypoallergenic” claims The Sub-working group on claims prepared the Technical document on cosmetic claims, which was endorsed by the Working group on cosmetic products. This is not a European Commission document and its views are not legally binding. This document does serve as a useful […]