Mandate for SCCS to evaluate the ingredient Acetilated Vetiver Oil when used in spray products (link)

Mandate for re-evaluation of the ingredient Aluminium (link)

Preliminary Opinion on the Ingredient Benzyl Salicylate (Link) Based on the data provided and evaluated and taking into account the concerns related to endocrine disruption, the SCCS considers benzyl salicylate to be safe up to the maximum concentrations indicated in Table 1 of the Opinion:

  • Hydroalcoholic-based fragrances (spray and non-spray) 4%
  • Rinse-off skin & hair products (except rinse off body products) 0.5%
  • Rinse off body products 1.3%
  • Leave on skin & hair products (non-spray/non-aerosol)(except body lotion) 0.5%
  • Leave on hair products (spray/aerosol) 0.5%
  • Leave on body products (non-spray/spray/aerosol) 0.7%
  • Face make-up products and make-up remover 0.2%
  • Oral care 0.004%
  • Deodorant products (spray/aerosol) 0.91%

Preliminary opinions on Methylparaben and Butylparaben (link) and (Link). For Methylparaben the indications already expressed in Annex V entry 12 remain unchanged. The SCCS concluded that Methylparaben is safe when used as a preservative up to a maximum concentration of 0.4% (as acid) when used alone and up to 0.8% (as acid) for ester mixtures. For Butylparaben the SCCS is of the opinion that the use of Butylparaben as a preservative in cosmetic products in concentrations up to 0.14 % (expressed as acid) is safe. In the absence of robust data on the exposure of children to Butylparaben, the SCCS has expressed possible safety concerns.

Final opinion on Salicylic acid:(link)

The use of salicylic acid as a preservative up to a maximum concentration of 0.5% is safe as it currently stands. The information provided shows that salicylic acid is an eye irritant with the potential to cause serious eye injury. This Opinion is not applicable to any sprayable product that may cause exposure of the lungs of the end-user by inhalation. As the Cosmetic Regulation does not allow the use of salicylic acid in products for children under 3 years of age, this age category has not been considered in this Opinion.

The use of salicylic acid as a restricted ingredient for purposes other than inhibiting the growth of micro-organisms is safe up to:

  • 3,0 % for rinse-off cosmetic hair products,
  • up to 2,0 % for other products, except body lotions, eye shadows, mascaras, eyeliners, eyeliner, lipsticks, unsprayed deodorants, and
  • up to 0,5 % for body lotions, eye shadows, mascaras, eyeliners, lipsticks, oral products and aerosol deodorants.

In the absence of exposure data on salicylic acid in cosmetic products for children, concerns have been observed for the younger age groups (3-10 years).

Publication of the 2nd revision of the Guidance for the evaluation of nanomaterials in cosmetics. (link)

European Union

European Commission opens consultation to provide input on the safety of Cannabidiol Open until October 2024. (link)

Published Draft of the restriction in Annex XVII of Reach on the use of D4, D5 and D6 ingredients for leave-on and extension of the restriction on rinse-off of D6.(link)

The draft of the restriction of use of undecafluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA) has been published, these substances shall not be used in cosmetics in a concentration equal to or greater than 25 ppb for the sum of PFHxA and its salts, or 1,000 ppb for the sum of PFHxA-related substances, measured in homogeneous material. “4 month transitional period.”(link)

Draft update of Annex II, III and V of Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009 published (link) Where it is added in Annex II of prohibited. 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor. The following ingredients are added to Annex III of restricted ingredients. Genistein, Daidzein, Kojic Acid, Retinol, Retinyl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Alpha-Arbutin, Arbutin. And the entry in Annex V Triclocarban and triclosan is amended.

Published draft of the directive “on substantiation and communication of explicit environmental claims (Green Claims Directive)” (link)


New IFRA amendment 51 published (link)