EU Modifies the Cosmetics Products Regulation

On May 22, 2019, the EU Commission published Regulation (EU) 2019/831 that modifies Annexes II, III and V of Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 in the Official Journal of the EU. The modifications include the addition of 226 carcinogenic, mutagenic, or reproductive toxic substances to Annex II of the Cosmetics Products Regulation.

With the modifications, the EU, as noted under Section 3, is seeking uniform implementation of the prohibition of CMR substances within the internal market, assurance of legal certainty, especially for economic operators and national competent authorities, and assurance of a high level of protection of human health.

The EU imposed further limitations on the use of CMR substances in textiles only in October 2018. At the beginning of May 2019, it published a glossary of common ingredient names of contents for use in cosmetics labels.

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