The standing committee on cosmetics has spoken out in favor of a ban on Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) in leave-on-products, including face and eye creams, lip-care products, antiaging products, and foot creams.
The related regulation from the Commission is expected in three months. At that time, MIT will be included in Annex V of the EU Cosmetics Regulation. The prohibition will likely take effect at the start of 2017.
MIT is used to a large degree in body lotions, makeup, and deodorants, but has long been suspected of triggering immune system reactions. In particular, small children have higher rates of allergic reactions to wet wipes.
But the EU Commission also opened public consultation on limiting the use of MIT in rinse-off products, and body care products used to clean skin and hair. These products rinse away with water and do not remain on the skin or hair. According to a recommendation of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS), these products should not contain more than 15 milligrams per kilogram (11 ppm) of MIT. The SCCS also recommends that labels indicate the presence of MIT. The current threshold is 100 ppm.
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