What’s new in the European Cosmetics Regulation
European Regulation 1223/2009 on cosmetic products presents news about the substances that can be used in its preparation and also some prohibition on other compounds. In this post we will cite these updates.
- Limitation of climbazole concentration in facial creams and shampoos
The Scientific Committee of Consumer Safety (CCSC) reviewed the possible risks of the use of climbazole, whose main function is to act as a preservative. For this reason, following the recommendations of the CCSC, Regulation 1223/2009 has been modified to authorize the use of this additive in facial creams, hair lotions, foot care products and cleansing shampoos.
The maximum concentration allowed will be 0.2% for creams, lotions and foot products and 0.5% for shampoos, and such regulation will take effect on November 27, 2019.
- Prohibition of 2-Chloro-p-Phenylenediamine in hair dyes.
This substance is incorporated into the list of prohibited substances in Annex II of Regulation 1223/2009. With this measure, said substance, which contains sulfate and dihydrochloride salts, will cease to be used in the elaboration of hair dyes, eyebrows and eyelashes.
According to the CCSC, it is a “strong skin sensitizer”, from which its “genotoxic potential” cannot be determined, and therefore is not safe for the consumer. As of November 22, the European market will not be able to distribute more dyes with 2-Chloro-p-Phenylenediamine.
- Authorization of Phenylene Bis-Diphenyltriazine in ultraviolet filters.
The Commission concluded that this substance “is safe for use as an ultraviolet filter in sunscreen products and other cosmetic products at a maximum concentration of 5%”. On the contrary, he said that it is not safe “in products that may lead to inhalation exposure”.
- Changes in the glossary
Because the previous glossary dated from 1996, it was urgent that the common names of ingredients be replaced for finalization in the labeling of cosmetic products and the names of the new ingredients on the market were introduced. The new glossary will be applicable as of May 8, 2020.