Cosmetics: EU Focuses on Additional Nanomaterials

The EU Commission has updated its draft Cosmetics Regulation of February 2022 and suggested it prohibit the use of nanoforms of colloidal silver and limit the nanoforms of hydroxyapatite.

Accordingly, the EU plans to include the following substances in Annex II (List of Substances prohibited in cosmetic products):

  • styrene/acrylates copolymer (nano) and sodium styrene/acrylates copolymer (nano);
  • copper (nano) and colloidal copper (nano);
  • colloidal silver (nano);
  • gold (nano), colloidal gold (nano), gold thioethylamino hyaluronic acid (nano) and acetyl heptapeptide-9 colloidal gold (nano); and
  • platinum (nano), colloidal platinum (nano) and acetyl tetrapeptide-17 colloidal platinum (nano).

Background: Limitations of Hydroxyapatite

The inclusion of the mineral hydroxyapatite in Annex III (List of substances which cosmetic products must not contain except subject to the restrictions laid down)
follows a recommendation of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS). The Committee suggests that the highest concentration of hydroxyapatite be 10% in toothpaste and 0.465% in mouthwash.

The draft regulation should be approved by the third quarter of this year.

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