European Commission Reduces the Permissible Limit of Benzophenone-3 in Cosmetic Products
SAFEGUARDS | Cosmetics, Personal Care & Household NO. 072/17
On February 10, 2017, the European Commission published Regulation (EU) 2017/238 amending Annex VI to Regulation (EC) 1223/2009 to reduce the maximum authorized concentration of Benzophenone-3 as a UV filter from 10% w/w to 6% w/w.
Following opinion SCCP/1201/08  , adopted on December 16, 2008 which concluded – the use of benzophenone-3 as a UV filter up to 6% in cosmetic sunscreen products and up to 0.5% in all types of cosmetic products to protect the formulation does not pose a risk to health of consumer (apart from its contact allergenic and photoallergenic potential), the European Commission published Regulation (EU) 2017/238 on February 10, 2017, amending Annex VI to Regulation (EC) 1223/2009 to reduce the maximum authorized concentration of Benzophenone-3 as a UV filter from 10% w/w to 6% w/w.
The regulation will apply from September 3, 2017, six months after it comes into force.
Annex VI of Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 is amended as follows (Reference Number: 4’)
|Substance Identification||Chemical name/INN/XAN||2-Hydroxy-4-methoxybenzophenone/Oxybenzone|
|Name of Common Ingredients Glossary||Benzophenone-3|
|Conditions||Product type, Body parts||-|
|Maximum concentration in ready for use preparation||6 %|
|Other||Not more than 0.5% to protect product formulation|
|Wording of conditions of use and warnings||Contains Benzophenone-3(1)|
(1) Not required if concentration is 0.5% or less, and when it is used only for product protection purposes.
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