EU Commission Modifies Cosmetics Regulation

The EU Commission has published amendments to the Cosmetics Regulation and banned the use of three fragrances (3 and 4-(4-hydroxy-4-methylpentyl) cyclohex-3-ene-1-carbaldehyde (HICC), atranol, and chloratranol) in cosmetics.

As early as 2012, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) had indicated that of all allergenic fragrances, these three substances had triggered the largest number of contact allergies in the preceding few years.

The EU Commission reacted appropriately and decided that as of August 23, 2019, cosmetics that contain one or more of these substances may no longer be placed on the market. Furthermore, as of August 23, 2021, cosmetics that contain one of more of these substances may not be made available within the EU.

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