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SCCS Recommends Lower Limits for O-phenylphenol

July 27, 2015

The European Commission's Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has released its opinion for o-Phenylphenol, Sodium o-phenylphenate, Potassium o-phenylphenate (with CAS Nos. 90-43-7, 132-27-4 and 13707-65-8, respectively).

It has recommended the lowering of maximum concentration limit for o-phenylphenol in leave-on cosmetic products and has concluded its safety over the same limit in rinse-off products.

O-phenylphenol presently has a maximum concentration of 0.2% under the EU cosmetics Regulation. However, the French agency for the safety of medicines and health products (ANSM) has concluded in a risk assessment the substance’s potential endocrine-disrupting properties.

As for sodium o-phenylphenate and potassium o-phenylphenate, no conclusions of safe use have been drawn based on the information gathered.

In addition, the committee has announced the comment period extension for its opinion on Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (cyclopentasiloxane, D5) until August 20, 2015.