Biweekly Updates of Global Regulations on Cosmetics (July)

EU -SCCS Preliminary Opinion Open for Comments on Water-soluble Zinc Salts Used in Oral Hygiene Products

On 4 July 2023, EU Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) released preliminary opinion on water soluble zinc salts used in oral hygiene products.

The SCCS has calculated aggregate exposure to water-soluble zinc salts via toothpaste at the concentrations of 1% and from diet and concluded that the use of zinc in toothpaste is safe per se except for children under the age of 1 year because the intake exceeds the upper limit level. For children up to 1 year of age, the SCCS recommends a safe concentration of 0.72% for soluble zinc salts (as zinc) in toothpaste.

The inclusion of zinc in mouthwash at 0.1% Zn is considered safe across all age groups.

The deadline for the submission on the above opinion is 8 September 2023.



Canada Proposed Updates to the Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist: Prohibited and Restricted Ingredients

On 13 July 2023, Health Canada is proposing to update the Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist. The proposal includes additions, changes to the conditions for existing entries and changes to include new substance identifiers or make minor corrections.

To participate in this consultation, send an email to with your ideas or comments to make yourself heard. The Deadline is 11 October, 2023.


Japan Restricts 3 Substances in Cosmetic Products

On 21 June, 2023, Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) proposed for the additional designation of 3 substances as Shitei Yakubutsu, and their proper uses under the Act.In order to prevent the abuse of substances with probable effects on the central nervous system, manufacture, import, sale, simple ownership and the use of Shitei Yakubutsu are banned except for the proper uses designated under the Act. This came into force on 1 July 2023. 

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