EU Cosmetic Regulations amendments – an update

In the July 2022 edition of Personal Care Global, I reviewed changes to the European Cosmetics Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009, the European Union’s notifications to the World Trade Organisation of its intention to prohibit the use or certain nanomaterials and the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) opinions on ingredients which may have endocrine properties

This article follows on from that article and looks at more recent amendments to Regulation (EC) 1223/2009 and at future changes to this regulation. It then looks at the United Kingdom’s cosmetic regulation and the changes that have been made to it since the country left the European Union.

Commission Regulation (EU) 2022/1176

Benzophenone-3 and Octocrylene are both UV filters listed in Annex VI (entries 4 and 10 respectively). The SCCS was asked to review the safety of both as they had been identified as potential endocrine disruptors. The SCCS concluded in their March 2021 opinion that Benzophenone-3 is not safe for use as a UV filter at up to 6% in sunscreen products when used in body cream, sunscreen propellant spray or pump spray.1

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