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EC Bans the Use of 3-Benzylidene Camphor in Sunscreen Products (European Union)

August 18, 2015

The European Commission (EC) has released Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1298 amending Annex II and VI to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products. The regulations to ban the use of 3-Benzylidene Camphor in Sunscreen Products as a UV filter.

The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has studied the chemical and concluded the current concentration of 2,0 % is not safe for human use and 3-Benzylidene Camphor will be removed per Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009. The chemical will be added to Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 indicating the chemical will be banned from use in cosmetic products.

Enacted in July 28, 2015, the Regulation is in force as of August 17, 2015.