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The EU Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has recently published its preliminary opinion on the children's exposure to Methyl Salicylate (methyl 2-hydroxybenzoate) found in various cosmetic products. The SCCS's scientific advice, outlined in document SCCS/1654/23, addresses the safety considerations and maximum allowable concentrations of Methyl Salicylate for different age groups.

In their previous SCCS/1633/21 Opinion, the Committee had concluded that Methyl Salicylate in toothpaste is safe for children under 6 years old when used at a maximum concentration of 2.52%. Building upon these findings, the SCCS reviewed the available data and examined the aggregate exposure to Methyl Salicylate in various cosmetic products.

For children aged 0-3 years, the SCCS considers the use of Methyl Salicylate safe in shower gel, hand soap, shampoo, body lotion, face cream, hand cream, and lip products when used up to a maximum concentration of 0.02%. However, for toothpaste, the maximum allowable concentration of Methyl Salicylate remains at 2.52%.

Regarding children aged 3-6 years, the SCCS concludes that Methyl Salicylate is safe in shower gel, hand soap, shampoo, body lotion, face cream, hand cream, lip products, and hair conditioner, as long as the concentrations adhere to the limits specified in Table 1 of Regulation 1223/2009. Toothpaste, once again, can contain a maximum concentration of 2.52% Methyl Salicylate.

It is worth noting that the SCCS did not consider children below 6 months in this safety assessment due to the absence of specific data from the applicant.

The SCCS invites stakeholders and interested parties to provide comments on this preliminary opinion, with the deadline for comments set for June 19, 2023. The final opinion, taking into account the feedback received, will provide valuable guidance on the safe use of Methyl Salicylate in cosmetic products for children.

LINK TO: SCCS Scientific Advice – children exposure on Methyl salicylate (methyl 2-hydroxybenzoate)


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