Further Restrictions on Benzophenone-3 Levels in Cosmetic Products for EU Countries

Top Quote The European Commission has reduced the maximum permissible concentration levels for Benzophenone-3 in cosmetic products. The new regulations apply from September 3, 2017. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) May 23, 2017 - The European Commission (EC) has reduced the permissible limits for 2-Hydroxy-4-methoxybenzophenone/Oxybenzone, commonly known as Benzophenone-3, in cosmetic sunscreen products.

    From September 3, 2017, cosmetic sunscreen products will no longer be allowed to contain more than 6% w/w and the restriction for other types of cosmetic products is set at 0.5% w/w. This represents a significant reduction for cosmetic sunscreen products, formerly the level was 10% w/w. In addition, products containing above 0.5% w/w will be required to carry the label - 'Contains Benzophenone-3'.

    The changes follow the opinion of the Scientific Committee on Cosmetic Products and Non-Food Products (SCCP) - SCCP/1201/08 - which concluded these levels did not pose a risk to consumer health, except for its contact allergenic and photoallergenic potential. This opinion was adopted in December 2008.

    On February 10, 2017, the EC published Regulation (EU) 2017/238, amending Annex VI to Regulation (EC) 1223/2009. These regulations will apply from September 3, 2017.

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    Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household (CPCH)
    Tel: +852 2765 3672
    Email: cts.media ( @ ) sgs dot com
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