Here is a brief summary of the main legislative developments in cosmetics for the month of June 2021.

  • Publication of Regulation 850/2021 amending Regulation 1223/2009. Where the entry of salicylic acid Annex III (98) is modified by including its maximum use restriction to 0.5% for lotions eye shadows mascara and deodorant balls. Addition of the entry for TiO2 in Annex III for that TiO2 in powder form containing 1 % or more particles ≤ 10 μm and its maximum use at 25% in Facial products in the form of loose powders. In aerosol form in hair products up to 1.4% (general) and 1.1% (Professional). And the consequent modification of the entry as colorant Annex IV (143) and as UV filter Annex VI (27).
  • Publication of the 17 ATP of CLP 849/2021. Where the following ingredients for cosmetic uses have been classified as CMR 2. The preservative O-Phenylphenol and the ingredients Sodium o-phenylphenate and Methyl Salicylate. We will be watching for further opinions from the SCCS , so that we can assess whether their continued use is safe.
  • The Commission has published “Guidelines on single-use plastic products in accordance with Directive (EU) 2019/904” in which it helps and gives guidelines to assess whether cosmetic wet wipes fall within the scope of the directive.
  • Final SCCS opinions published for Homosalate SCCS/1622/20. SCCS indicates that its use as a UV filter up to 10% is not safe. SCCS considers the use of homosalate as a UV filter as safe at a maximum concentration of 0.5% in the final product.
  • Platinum (nano), Colloidal Platinum (nano) and Acetyl tetrapeptide-17 Colloidal Platinum (nano) SCCS 1630/21. The SCCS indicates that it has not been able to conduct an opinion due to lack of essential information to conduct one. The SCCS will be ready to evaluate any evidence provided to support their safe use in cosmetic products.
  • And finally the opinion on Gold (nano), Colloidal Gold (nano), Gold Thioethylamino Hyaluronic Acid (nano) and Acetyl heptapeptide-9 Colloidal gold (nano) SCCS/1629/21. The SCCS indicates that it has not been able to conduct an opinion due to the lack of essential information to conduct one. Even so, they indicate that information obtained from the scientific literature suggests possible systemic absorption of gold in nano format that may lead to accumulation in certain organs and further indicate possible mutagenic/genotoxic effects of gold nanomaterials. These indications raise a red flag that warrants further safety assessment. of gold nanomaterials when used as cosmetic ingredients.