SAFEGUARDS | Cosmetics, Personal Care & Household NO. 126/17

SafeGuardS cosmetics products

The European Commission has published the Regulation (EU) 2017/1410, banning the use of three fragrance allergens, HICC (CAS NO. 51414-25-6/ 31906-04-4), atranol (CAS NO. 526-37-4) and chloroatranol (CAS NO. 57074-21-2).

Currently, HICC is regulated in entry 79 under Annex III to Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009. When its presence exceeds 0.001% in leave-on products, and 0.01% in rinse-off products, it must be declared in the list of ingredients. Atranol and chloroatranol are natural components of oak tree moss and tree moss extracts, they are neither restricted nor prohibited under current regulation. European Commission first considered adopting SCCS opinion SCCS/1459/11 on June 26-27, 2012. The opinion concluded these fragrance allergens had caused the highest number of contact allergies cases in recent years. The European Commission has now updated the regulation to prohibit the use of these three fragrance allergens.

This Regulation shall enter into force on August 23, 2017.






Annex II entry 1380

3- and 4-(4-Hydroxy-4-methylpentyl) cyclohex-3-ene-1-carbaldehyde (HICC)

51414-25-6/ 31906-04-4

257-187-9/ 250-863-4


Annex II entry 1381

2,6-Dihydroxy-4-methyl-benzaldehyde (atranol)




Annex II entry 1382

3-Chloro-2,6-Dihydroxy-4-methyl-benzaldehyde (chloroatranol)




Timeline for Compliance:

  • From August 23, 2019, only cosmetic products which comply with the Regulation shall be placed on the Union market.
  • From August 23, 2021, only cosmetic products which comply with the Regulation shall be made available on the Union market.


The industry is advised to check and confirm if their existing cosmetic products, which are already on market, contain these allergens in their formulation. These products must be phased out in the appropriate timeframe. Manufacturers are also advised to be careful in selecting fragrances for their new cosmetic products.

Source of Information:

  1. SCCS/1459/11 Opinion on Fragrance allergens in cosmetic products adopted on December 13-14, 2011 [1]
  2. COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2017/1410 of August 2, 2017 amending Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products [2]

For enquiries, please contact:

Queenie TSE
Consumer and Retail
Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household (CPCH)
Senior Technical Service Executive
t: +852 2765 3672 (ext 1672)

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