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On April 30, 2019, the European Commission published regulation (EU) 2019/681 to ban a hair coloring substance (2-chloro-p-phenylenediamine) and its salts in cosmetics. This regulation will come into force on May 22, 2019.

SAFEGUARDS | Cosmetics, Personal Care & Household NO. 083/19

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In light of Europe’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) opinion SCCS/1510/13 and meeting minutes of the 7th Plenary Meeting of the SCCS dated June 21-22, 2018, due to a lack of available data, the safety of 2-Chloro-p-Phenylenediamine, including its sulfate and dihydrochloride salts, could not be concluded in oxidative hair dye for eyebrows and eyelashes. Because of even higher exposure in hair coloring products on the head, there is also a potential risk to human health in hair dye products.

The European Commission has therefore adopted the opinion and bans the use of 2-Chloro-p-Phenylenediamine, including its sulfate and dihydrochloride salts in hair dye products, including eyebrow dye products, and in eyelash dye products. This Regulation shall enter into force on May 22, 2019.

Annex Reference number Substance identification  Restrictions
Chemical name/INN CAS number   EC number
II 1384 2-chlorobenzene-1,4-diamine (2-chloro-p-Phenylenediamine), its sulfate and dihydrochloride salts when used as a substance in hair dye products, including eyebrow dye products, and eyelash dye products

615-66-7

61702-44-1 (sulfate)

615-46-3(dihydrochloride)

210-441-2

262-915-3

210-427-6

Banned
  • From November 22, 2019, hair dye products, including eyebrow dye products and eyelash dye products containing those substances shall not be placed on the Union market
  • From February 22, 2020, hair dye products, including eyebrow dye products and eyelash dye products containing those substances shall not be made available on the Union market

Next step

Cosmetic industry who produce, supply or market hair coloring products shall check if existing products contain 2-chlorobenzene-1,4-diamine (2-chloro-p-Phenylenediamine), its sulfate and dihydrochloride salts as an ingredient. 

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1. COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2019/681 of 30 April 2019 amending Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products
2. SCCS/1510/13, Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) Opinion on 2-Chloro-p-phenylenediamine COLIPA n⁰A8 adopted on 19 September 2013
3. Meeting minutes, 7th Plenary Meeting of SCCS dated 21-22 June 2018

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