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From January 1, 2022, manufacturers who distribute cosmetics in California state will be required to disclose a specific list of chemicals used in fragrances and flavors in their cosmetic products.

SAFEGUARDS | Cosmetics, Personal Care & HouseholdNO. 149/20

 SG 14920 Makeup

To allow consumers and salon workers to make informed purchasing decisions, and to reduce the risk to public health of exposure to harmful chemicals, the SB-312 Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Act of 2020 has been signed in the US State of California on September 30, 2020.

From January 1, 2022, manufacturers who distribute cosmetics in California state will be required to disclose a specific list of chemicals used in fragrances and flavors in their cosmetic products to the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control within the State Department of Public Health. The information includes:

  • A list of each fragrance chemical or flavor chemical that is included on a designated list, as defined in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a), which is present in the cosmetic product
  • A list of each fragrance allergen under Annex III of (EC) 1223/2009 Cosmetic Regulation in EU, and whether it is at a concentration at or above 0.01% (100ppm) or 0.001% (10ppm) in rinse-off products and leave-on products, respectively
  • Whether it is a cosmetic product for professional use or retail cosmetic use
  • The Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) number for each ingredient or allergen that requires disclosure
  • The universal product code (UPC) of the cosmetic products

To protect trade secrets, disclosure of the percentage by weight of the concerned ingredient is not required. 

From January 1, 2022, the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control shall post the following information onto a database:

  • A list of fragrance ingredient or flavor ingredient that is included on the designated list
  • The health hazard associated with each fragrance ingredient or flavor ingredient

References

[1] Newsletter from the California Governor – Governor Newsom Signs Legislation Making California First in the Nation to Ban Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics
[2] SB-312 Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Ingredient Right ot Know Act of 2020 

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