Biweekly Updates of Global Regulations on Cosmetics

                                      EU-Preliminary Opinion open for comments on Salicylic acid

On 15 December 2022, based on the safety assessment carried out in consideration of all available information, including the potential endocrine effects, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety(SCCS) released its preliminary opinion on the use of salicylic acid in cosmetic products. This preliminary opinion is open for public comments, and the deadline is 17 February 2023.  



SCCS - Request for Scientific Advice on Methyl Salicylate Used in Cosmetic Products

Methyl Salicylate is an ingredient used in many fragrance mixtures and as flavoring and soothing agent in oral hygiene products. Under the classification of ‘Toxic for Reproduction Category 2’, it can only be used with specific concentration limits for various product types and age groups.

In November 2022, the industry submitted additional data to support the use of Methyl Salicylate in cosmetic products intended for children (age groups 0-3 and 3-6). Considering that the combined exposure to Methyl Salicylate from oral and non-oral products is above the Margin of Safety (MoS), the European Commission, therefore, requests the SCCS to carry out a safety assessment on Methyl Salicylate in view of the information provided. On 20 December 2022, a request for scientific advice on methyl salicylate was released, giving the industry 3 months to submit supporting documents.



New York Bans the Sale of Cosmetics Tested on Animals

The New York Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act was signed into law on December 15. It prevents the sale and manufacturing of cosmetic products tested on animals. It is slated to go into effect in January 2023. 


Guidance on the Application for an Assessment Certificate in Australia

On 15 December 2022, the Australian government released guidance on the application for an assessment certificate. If your chemical is not in the Inventory and you are planning to apply for an assessment certificate, you are eligible to apply for a comparable hazard assessment. A comparable hazard assessment is a type of assessment certificate application. They allow an applicant to use certain hazard assessments previously conducted by an overseas or Australian assessment body. 

This guidance lists names of trusted local and overseas assessment bodies and describes the formal process for obtaining an assessment report for your comparable hazard certificate application.

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