EU Alters Requirements for Cosmetic Dyes Used on Hair and Eyelashes

Top Quote The European Commission has amended several regulations on cosmetic hair dyes and eyelash dyes. The changes follow opinions received from the SCCP. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) May 23, 2017 - The European Commission (EC) has amended Annex III to Regulation (EC) 1223/2009, altering the regulations relating to cosmetic dyes for hair and eyelashes. The EC instituted the changes following its consideration of two opinions by the Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCS) - SCCS1563/15 and SCCS1572/16.

    Adopted on March 25, 2015, SCCS opinion SCCS/1553/15 concluded that the following oxidative hair dye substances should be considered safe to use by professionals for the purposes of colouring eyelashes:
    Toluene-2,5-Diamine
    p-Aminophenol
    2-Methylresorcinol
    Tetraaminopyrimidine Sulfate
    Hydroxyethyl-p-Phenylenediamine Sulfate
    2-Amino-3-Hydroxypyridine

    Because these chemicals do pose a risk if they are applied in-expertly, the regulations do state they should only be used by professionals and the product must carry appropriate warnings.

    Following SCCS opinions SCCS1572/16 and SCCS1563/15, the Commission has also created separate reference numbers for:
    N,N'-Bis(2-Hydroxyethyl)-2-Nitro-p-Phenylenediamine
    2,6-Dihydroxyethylaminotoluene

    Currently, these two substances are regulated under the generic entries 8 and 9 of Annex III.

    Amendments to Annex III to Regulation (EC) 1223/2009 were enacted by regulation (EU) 2017/237, published on February 10, 2017. They entered into force on March 2, 2017, twenty days after publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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    Queenie TSE
    Consumer and Retail
    Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household (CPCH)
    Senior Technical Service Executive
    Tel: +852 2765 3672
    Email: cts.media ( @ ) sgs dot com
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