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EC Launches Public Consultations on Several Restrictions on Chemicals Used for Cosmetics

December 13, 2016

The European Commission (EC) has launched public consultations on several restrictions being proposed for chemicals used in cosmetics.

The consultations are:

  • Cosmetic Products Regulation (HC Orange No. 6 (B125)): Commission to Consider Authorization
    • This draft measure aims to give authorization for the use of HC Orange No. 6 (B125) when used in non-oxidative hair colouring products at a maximum concentration of 0.5%.
    • When approved, this will amend Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009/EC (the Cosmetic Products Regulation)
    • HC Orange No. 6 (B125) has a chemical name Di-[2-[(E)- 2-[4-[bis(2-hydroxyethyl)aminophenyl]vinyl]pyridin-1-ium]-ethyl]disulphide dimethanesulfonate (CAS 1449653-83-1)
    • Basic description: HC Orange No. 6 (B125) is a dye substance used as a colouring agent in non-oxidative hair dye formulations
    • Public consultation: November 16, 2016 to January 10, 2017
  • Public consultation on 2-Furaldehyde (Furfural) – in the framework of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 on cosmetic products
    • This draft measure aims to allow the use of Furfural at a maximum concentration of 0.001% in ready for use cosmetic products.
    • This will amend Annex III to the Cosmetic Products Regulation, which includes a list of substances allowed in cosmetics with restrictions, by adding a new entry.
    • Basic description: Furfural is used in cosmetic products as a perfumery ingredient.
    • Public consultation: November 17, 2016 to February 20, 2017
  • Call for data on ingredients: Salts of O-Phenylphenol (Sodium O-Phenylphenate, Potassium O Phenylphenate and MEA O-Phenylphenate)
    • This draft measure aims to provide further restriction on the use of o-Phenylphenol salts (Sodium o-Phenylphenate, Potassium o-Phenylphenate and MEA O-Phenylphenate) in cosmetic products.
    • Current limit of this chemical is at a maximum concentration of 0.2% (as phenol) in finished cosmetic products.
    • Public consultation: November 11, 2016 to February 15, 2017

Source URL: Cosmetic Products Regulation (HC Orange No. 6 (B125)): Commission to Consider Authorization

Source URL: Public Consultation on 2-Furaldehyde (Furfural)

Source URL: Call for data on ingredients: Salts of O-Phenylphenol (Sodium O-Phenylphenate, Potassium O Phenylphenate and MEA O-Phenylphenate)

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