IPBC – a globally-approved fungicide

Crystal Arlea and Rosita Nunez – Lonza Inc., USA For many years, formulators have been searching for effective paraben replacements primarily in skin care products destined for the global marketplace.1 While being a highly effective fungicide, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate (IPBC) was previously not an option for the global marketplace due to restrictions in the Japanese personal care market. However, in May 2006, IPBC received official approval by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) for use in cosmetic and personal care products under Pharmaceutical and Food Safety Bureau Notification No. 0524001.

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