Biweekly Updates of Global Regulations on Cosmetics

EU Adjusted the Maximum Concentration of Benzophenone-3 and Octocrylene Allowed in Cosmetic Products

Benzophenone-3 and Octocrylene are currently allowed as UV filters in cosmetic products, but there is a potential risk to human health arising from the use of them in the concentration currently allowed. Therefore, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) carried out a safety assessment and adjusted the maximum concentration in cosmetic products. 

Cosmetic products containing that substance and complying with the restrictions set out in Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 as applicable on 27 July 2022 may be placed on the Union market until 28 January 2023 and be made available on the Union market until 28 July 2023.

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EU Released Scientific Advice on the Safety of Triclocarban and Triclosan in Cosmetic Products

Triclocarban and triclosan are used as preservatives in cosmetic products and there are some concerns over their potential endocrine-disrupting properties. Based on the safety assessment carried out in consideration of all available information, including the potential effects, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) released scientific advice on the safety of Triclocarban and Triclosan in cosmetic products on 4 November 2022. 

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EU Preliminary Opinion Open for Comments on Sodium Bromothymol Blue - Deadline: 23 December 2022

Sodium bromothymol blue is intended to be used as a hair in non-oxidative hair colouring products. The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) released its opinions on the use of Sodium bromothymol blue on 28 October 2022. The public is invited to comment on these opinions, which is open until 23 December 2022

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EU Revised the Scientific Opinion on Vitamin A 

On 26 October 2022, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) released a revision of the scientific Opinion (SCCS/1576/16) on the use of Vitamin A. 

The SCCS is of the opinion that vitamin A in cosmetics at concentrations of 0.05% Retinol Equivalent (RE) in body lotion, and 0.3% RE for other leave-on and rinse-off products is safe. Since cosmetics alone do not exceed the upper limit, the allocation of contributions from different exposure sources is a risk management issue and cannot be addressed at the level of risk assessment. Therefore, it is beyond the scope of the SCCS to suggest maximum concentration limits that take into account contributions from other sources e.g. food, and food supplements.

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Cosmetic Ingredients 1-Decen-4-yne Is Added to the Australian Inventory of Industrial Chemicals

The Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS) is a list of industrial chemicals that are available for use in Australia. 

On 28 October 2022, the Department of Health and Aged Care of the Australian Government released an announcement to add the cosmetic ingredient 1-Decen-4-yne into the inventory. It also defined the scope of the assessment.

  • as imported at less than or equal to 0.1 tonne per annum; and 
    • in a liquid formulation at less than or equal to 10% concentration; or
    • as a fragrance component in finished consumer products 
      • at less than or equal to 1% concentration in continuous-action air fresheners; or
      • at less than or equal to 0.2% concentration in fine fragrances, cosmetics, or other household products. 


Slovenia Revised Cosmetic Regulations

26 September 2022, Slovenia FDA released a revision for the Cosmetic Act. The main changes are as follows:

(1) In order to monitor the adverse reaction of cosmetics, the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ)has established a monitoring system, on which analysis reports on adverse reactions shall be released before 31 March each year.

(2) The language of cosmetic documents shall be Slovenian, but technical and scientific reports can be in English.

(3) Cosmetics containing substances especially dangerous for human health shall be used under restrictions of Article 14 in Annex III.

(4) Article 7 is revised: Cosmetic samples of 1g/1ml must not contain the following microorganisms: Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, Candida albicans, and Escherichia coli. Cosmetic samples of 1g/1ml. In cosmetics, the total number of aerobic mesophilic microorganisms (bacteria, yeasts, and molds) in a 1g or 1ml sample must not exceed 1000. Regardless of the provisions of the preceding paragraph, the total number of aerobic and mesophilic microorganisms in 1g or 1ml of cosmetic samples for children under 3 years old, or on the skin, eye area and mucous membranes, shall not exceed 100.


California bans PFAS in Cosmetics and Textiles

Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), known as "Forever chemicals" is banned in textiles and cosmetics in California. It will come into force on 1 January 2025.

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