What are you looking for?

California Passes a Law to Ban 24 Substances from Cosmetic Products

SafeGuardSCosmetics Personal Care and HouseholdOctober 09, 2020

Starting from January 1, 2025, a person or an entity is prohibited from manufacturing, selling, delivering, holding, or offering for sale in commerce any cosmetic products that contain the 24 types of intentionally added ingredients.

The US State of California signed AB2762 (Cosmetic products: safety) into law on September 30, 2020 to ban 24 types of substances in cosmetic products. From January 1, 2025, a person or entity is prohibited from manufacturing, selling, delivering, holding, or offering for sale in commerce any cosmetic products that contain the intentionally added ingredients in Table 1. 

Substance(s)CAS No.
1Dibutyl phthalate84-74-2
2Diethylhexyl phthalate
117-81-7
3Formaldehyde
50-00-0
4Paraformaldehyde
30525-89-4
5Methylene glycol
463-57-0
6Quaternium-15
51229-78-8
7Mercury
7439-97-6
8Isobutylparaben
4247-02-3
9Isopropylparaben
4191-73-5
10m-Phenylenediamine and its salts
108-45-2
11o-Phenylenediamine and its salts
95-54-5

Table 1. Intentionally added ingredients banned by AB2762


This law also prohibits the use of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) and their salts in cosmetic products to be placed in California, see Table 2. 

Substance(s)CAS No.
12Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS); 
heptadecafluorooctane-1-sulfonic acid
1763-23-1
13Potassium perfluorooctanesulfonate; 
potassium heptadecafluorooctane-1-sulfonate
2795-39-3
14Diethanolamine perfluorooctane sulfonate
70225-14-8
15Ammonium perfluorooctane sulfonate; 
ammonium heptadecafluorooctanesulfonate
29081-56-9
16Lithium perfluorooctane sulfonate; 
lithium heptadecafluorooctanesulfonate
29457-72-5
17Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
335-67-1
18Ammonium pentadecafluorooctanoate
3825-26-1
19Nonadecafluorodecanoic acid
355-76-2
20Ammonium nonadecafluorodecanoate
3108-42-7
21Sodium nonadecafluorodecanoate3830-45-3
22Perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA)
375-95-1
23Sodium heptadecafluorononanoate
21049-39-8
24 Ammonium perfluorononanoate
4149-60-4

Table 2. PFAS, and their salts, banned by AB2762

The presence of technically unavoidable trace quantities of the above ingredients due to impurities of natural or synthetic ingredients, the manufacturing process, storage, or migration from packaging is not within the scope of violation. 

References

[1] Newsletter from the California Governor – Governor Newsom Signs Legislation Making California First in the Nation to Ban Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics
[2] AB 2762 Cosmetic Products: Safety 

With the development of new products, regulations for cosmetics, personal care and household are fast changing and increasingly complex. To stay up-to-date with the latest legislation, check out our powerful regulatory compliance platform, SGS Digicomply

It is crucial for all cosmetic, personal care and household products to be safe effective and stable. SGS provides testing, inspection, auditing and consulting services to manufacturers, distributors and importers to ensure a high level of product quality in every area. Our state of the art laboratories offer custom-made solutions for chemical, biophysical, microbiological, stability and biological aspects. We also have extensive capabilities in performance testing, claim support studies and consumer panels. Our testing is conducted according to customer specific or recognized standard methods, some of which were developed by SGS. Our cosmetic safety assessors and other technical experts can support customers by making sure new products comply with regulatory requirements.

For enquiries, please contact: 

Queenie Ho-yan TSE 
Assistant Technical Service Manager
t: +852 2765 3672 

© SGS Group Management SA - 2020 - All rights reserved - SGS is a registered trademark of SGS Group Management SA. This is a publication of SGS, except for 3rd parties’ contents submitted or licensed for use by SGS. SGS neither endorses nor disapproves said 3rd parties contents. This publication is intended to provide technical information and shall not be considered an exhaustive treatment of any subject treated. It is strictly educational and does not replace any legal requirements or applicable regulations. It is not intended to constitute consulting or professional advice. The information contained herein is provided “as is” and SGS does not warrant that it will be error-free or will meet any particular criteria of performance or quality. Do not quote or refer any information herein without SGS’s prior written consent.

Stay on top of regulatory changes within your industry
Read more articles for the Consumer Goods and Retail industry

News & Insights

  • SGS Headquarters

1 Place des Alpes,

P.O. Box 2152 1211,

Geneva Switzerland