On 6 November 2019, European Commission published a Regulation (EU) 2019/1858 for amending Annex V to Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 and allow the use of one more preservative Hydroxyethoxyphenyl Butanone (HEPB) in cosmetic products.

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The European Commission has published a Regulation (EU) 2019/1858 on 6 November 2019 for amending Annex V to the Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products. An entry of requirement on substance 4-(3-ethoxy-4-hydroxyphenyl) butan-2-one is incorporated in Annex V.

The substance 4-(3-ethoxy-4-hydroxyphenyl) butan-2-one (CAS Number 569646-79-3) has been assigned the name Hydroxyethoxyphenyl Butanone (HEPB) under the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients. It has the function of preservative and skin conditioning. The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) concluded in opinion SCCS/1582/16 and opinion SCCS/1604/18 that, the use of HEPB as a preservative is considered as safe in rinse off, oral care and leave-on cosmetic products with a maximum concentration of 0.7 %.

This Regulation enters into force on 27 November 2019.

The following entry is added to Annex V to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 as reference number 60.

Reference Number
Substance Identification 4-(3-ethoxy-4-hydroxyphenyl) butan-2-one 4-(3-ethoxy-4-hydroxyphenyl) butan-2-one
Name of Common Ingredients Glossary Hydroxyethoxyphenyl Butanone
CAS number  569646-79-3
EC number  933-435-8
Conditions Product type, body parts  -
Maximum concentration in ready for use preparation
Wording of conditions of use and warnings  -
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  1. Commission Regulation (EU) 2019/1858 of 6 November 2019 amending Annex V to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products
  2. Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety, Opinion SCCS/1582/16
  3. Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety, Opinion SCCS/1604/18

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Next Step

The industry can consider one more preservative, Hydroxyethoxyphenyl Butanone, for the manufacture of cosmetic products to European markets. 

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