EU Forbids 14 CMR Chemicals in Cosmetics and Amends the EU Cosmetics Regulation

The EU Commission has issued Regulation (EU) 2022/1531, thereby amending the EU Cosmetics Regulation (Regulation (EG) 1223/2009) to forbid the presence of 14 additional chemicals that are carcinogenic, mutagenic, and toxic to reproduction (CMR chemicals) in cosmetics. The modification takes effect on December 17 of this year.
Among others, the following chemicals were added to the list of prohibited chemicals in Annex II of the Cosmetics Regulation:

  • Tetrafluoroethylene
  • 3-methylpyrazole
  • 4-methylpentan-2-one oxime
  • 6,6′-di-tert-butyl-2,2′-methylenedi-p-cresol
  • Methyl isobutyl ketone

At the same time, the EU Commission defined new limits on the maximum concentrations permitted for the use of methyl salicylate in cosmetics, further restricting their use. Methyl salicylate (IUPAC Methyl-2-hydroxybenzoate [CAS No. 119-36-8]) is an aroma and fragrance chemical and is also used as a soothing agent in various cosmetic products.

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