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On April 30, 2019, the European Commission published regulation (EU) 2019/680 to allow one more UV filter, Phenylene Bis-Diphenyltriazine, in cosmetics. This regulation will come into force on May 22, 2019.

SAFEGUARDS | Cosmetics, Personal Care & Household NO. 075/19

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Following opinion SCCS/1594/18 concluded by Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) on July 30, 2018 the European Commission decided to amend Annex VI to Regulation (EC) 1223/2009 accordingly by adding one entry.

Opinion SCCS/1594/18 concludes that, Phenylene Bis-Diphenyltriazine is safe for use as a UV filter in sunscreen products and other cosmetic products at a maximum concentration of 5 %, but that this safe level is only applicable to dermally applied products and not covering products that may lead to inhalation exposure. The Regulation will come into force on May 22, 2019.

Changes Annex & Reference number Substance identification Restrictions
Chemical name/INN INCI Name CAS number EC number
Add VI / 31 3,3’-(1,4-Phenylene)bis(5,6-diphenyl-1,2,4-triazine) Phenylene Bis-Diphenyltriazine 55514-22-2 700-823-1

Max. Concentration: 5% as UV filter

Not to be used in applications that may lead to exposure of the end user’s lungs by inhalation.

  1. COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2019/680 of 30 April 2019 amending Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products
  2. SCCS/1594/18, Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) Opinion on the safety of cosmetic ingredients Phenylene Bis-Diphenyltriazine (CAS No 55514-22-2) – S86 – Submission II adopted on 30 July 2018

Next step

The cosmetic industry can now consider the use of another UV filter, Phenylene Bis-Diphenyltriazine, in cosmetic products which will not lead to exposure of the end user’s lungs by inhalation.

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