Cosmetics: EU Updates Nanomaterials Catalog

In mid-November, the EU Commission published its second, updated version of its catalog of nanomaterials used in cosmetics. The first version appeared in 2017.

According to Article 16, 10 (a) of EU Regulation 1223/2009 (Cosmetics Regulation), the EU is mandated to provide public access to a catalog of all nanomaterials used as colorants, UV filters, and preservatives and to update the catalog regularly.

The newest version lists 27 different nanomaterials. The EU emphasized that it accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of the information. The nanomaterials and information given in the catalog correspond to the entries made by the manufacturers up to December 31, 2018 as part of self-disclosures made available on the CPNP portal.

Some of the materials are listed multiple times, and many of them might not even be used. The consumer portal (German only) of the German state of Baden-Württemberg for example notes that not all of the materials fit the definition of nanomaterials. The companies responsible for the information are urged to correct or remove these false entries.

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