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EU plans to restrict antioxidant butylated hydroxytoluene, sunscreen homosalate and several other substances in cosmetics

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On April 12, 2022, the European Commission submitted notification G/TBT/N/EU/886 to WTO to amend Annexes III and VI of the EU Cosmetics Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009

The measures proposed by the draft Commission Regulation are part of the on-going and regular adaptations of the Annexes to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 (Cosmetics Regulation). Based on the latest scientific opinions by the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) the proposed measures aim at:

 - establishing restrictions in Annex III for the substance 'Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)', used as antioxidant in cosmetic products;

- establishing restriction in Annex III for the substance 'Acid Yellow 3', used as hair dye;

- amending the existing labelling requirements in Annex III for the substance 'Resorcinol', used as hair dye;

- authorizing by listing in Annex VI the substance 'Bis-(Diethylaminohydroxybenzoyl Benzoyl) Piperazine (HAA299)' for use as a UV filter in cosmetic products; and

- further restricting the use of the UV filter 'Homosalate' in cosmetic products by amending the existing restrictions in Annex VI.

WTO Notification period: 12th Apr, 2022 - 11th Jun, 2022.

Relevant documents: 

(*) Draft regulation 

(*) Annex of draft regulation 

(*) WTO Notification G/TBT/N/EU/886


Xuechen Wang

Regulatory Manager at Chemycal

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