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Cosmetics Committee Approves Three Cosmetic Ingredients

November 11, 2015

EUROPEAN UNION - The European Commission's (EC) Standing Committee on Cosmetics Products has approved the use of zinc oxide as a UV filter, as per its released meeting agenda on October 22, 2015.

The compound is considered safe for use in its nano- and non-nano form.

The committee has also approved the following:

Substance Approved Use
potassium hydroxide (KOH) cosmetic products that remove or soften calluses
trimethylbenzoyl diphenylphosphine oxide (TPO) ingredient in nail modeling products, for professional use

The committee voted for the removal of quaternium-15 from the list of authorized preservatives under the cosmetics Regulation. The decision was due to its classification as a carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic (CMR) and it has already been banned in cosmetic products. In addition, the meeting has covered the concentration limits for use of the substance diethylene glycol monoethyl ether (DEGEE), according to an assessment conducted by the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS).