SAFEGUARDS | Cosmetics, Personal Care & Household NO. 134/17

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The European Commission has published Regulation (EU) 2017/1413 to restrict the application of zinc oxide (CAS No. 1314-13-2) as a colorant.

Zinc oxide is a permitted colorant, in Entry 144 of Annex IV to Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009. The European Commission considered the adopted Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) opinion SCCS/1489/12 (revised on December 11, 2012) and SCCS/1539/14 (revised on June 25, 2015). Zinc oxide is now restricted to those applications which may not lead to exposure of the end-user’s lungs by inhalation.

This Regulation shall enter into force on August 24, 2017.

Reference No. Chemical name CAS Number EC Number Restricted Application
Annex IV Entry 144 Zinc oxide (CI 77947) 1314-13-2 215-222-5 Not to be used in applications that may lead to the exposure of the end-user’s lungs by inhalation

Timeline for Compliance:

  • From February 24, 2018, only cosmetic products which comply with the Regulation shall be placed on the European Union market

  • From May 24, 2018, only cosmetic products which comply with the Regulation shall be made available on the European Union market

Next step:

The industry shall be aware of the restriction of application of zinc oxide, especially on sprayable application/products.


  1. SCCS/1539/14 Opinion for clarification of the meaning of the term “sprayable applications/ products” for the nano forms of Carbon Black CI 77266, Titanium Oxide and Zinc Oxide [1]

  2. COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2017/1413 of 3 August 2017 amending Annexes IV to Regulation (EC) 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products [2]

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Queenie TSE

Consumer and Retail
Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household (CPCH)
Senior Technical Service Executive
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