EU Bans Additional Chemicals in Cosmetics

Prohibition of Zinc Pyrithione and Other Chemicals Takes Effect on March 1 

At the end of October, the EU published Regulation 2021/1902 to modify Annexes II, III, and V of the Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009. According to the Regulation, 23 chemicals with carcinogenic, mutagenic, or reprotoxic effects (CMR chemicals) may not be used in cosmetics after March 1, 2022. The prohibition includes zinc pyrithione, which has long been used as an antidandruff agent.  

Other chemicals that are to be prohibited in the future include: 

  • Dioctyltin dilaurate, stannane, and dioctyl-,bis(coco acyloxy) derivatives 
  • 2-methoxyethyl acrylate 
  • Diisooctyl phthalate 
  • Bis(α,α-dimethylbenzyl) peroxide 
  • Dichlorodioctylstannane  

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