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SCCS Announces Safety of Two Cosmetic Ingredients (EU)

May 19, 2015

The European Commission's Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has announced that 4-hydroxy-phenyl-β-D-glucopyranoside (β-arbutin) and nano methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethyl-butylphenol (MBBT) are safe for use in cosmetic products under certain conditions. The following are its conclusions:

  • The use of β-arbutin is safe for use in face creams, with concentration limit of 7% and it does not result in the release of hydroquinone over one part per million (1 ppm)
  • The use of MBBT in its nanoform is safe for use as a UV-filter in dermally applied cosmetics with concentration limit of 10%, and the material it is used in complies with several physi-co-chemical specifications
  • In addition, the SCCS has noted that possible new data on environmental effects, irritation effects and potential bioaccumulation in selected tissues regarding MBBT must be monitored.


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