Category Archives: Cosmetic

Market Surveillance Uncovers Failure of Dental Hygiene Products to Meet Legal Requirements

In particular, tooth whiteners are often deficient. A CMR substance, sodium perborate (German only), was found in one sample, and an excessive amount of hydrogen peroxide was found in another. Those are the findings the Official Cosmetics Control Laboratories (OCCLs) … Continue reading

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EU Modifies the Cosmetics Products Regulation

On May 22, 2019, the EU Commission published Regulation (EU) 2019/831 that modifies Annexes II, III and V of Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 in the Official Journal of the EU. The modifications include the addition of 226 carcinogenic, mutagenic, or reproductive toxic substances to Annex II of the Cosmetics Products Regulation. With the modifications, the EU, … Continue reading

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Cosmetic Ingredients: EU Commission Publishes Glossary

The EU Commission has published Decision (EU) 2019/701. The document contains a glossary with common names of ingredients that are to be used on the labels of cosmetics. The common ingredient names listed in the updated glossary apply as of … Continue reading

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ECHA Wants to Restrict the Use of Tattoo Inks

The ECHA Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) has expressed a desire to restrict the use of hazardous chemicals in tattoo inks. The ECHA is following the lead of a Danish initiative that introduced such a strategy years ago and published guidelines for users.  The … Continue reading

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Siloxane: Industry Criticizes the ECHA’s Restriction Plan 

The ECHA suggestion to limit siloxanes D4, D5, and D6 under REACH has raised an alarm in industry. The European organization of silicone manufacturers (Centre Européen des Silicones: CES) represents the manufacturers of silicone polymers and fears a negative effect on the emission of carbon dioxide.  Siloxanes D4, D5, and D6 are already classified as substances of very high concern (SVHC). According to REACH (EU) 2018/35 that … Continue reading

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Is the Use of Salicylic Acid in Cosmetics Safe? That’s What the EU Says

The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) of the EU has published an Opinion on Salicylic Acid in Cosmetics. The authors write that the use of salicylic acid as a preservative is safe up to a concentration of 0.5%. But … Continue reading

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Johnson & Johnson Settles a Suit Involving Talcum Powder and Cancer 

Johnson & Johnson (J&J), an American consumer goods company, has settled a suit brought by a woman with cancer for $1.5 million. She blames her illness on the use of talcum powder and brought the suit against J&& for that … Continue reading

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