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Hair dyes: new regulation by the end of 2016

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The European Commission has just transmitted to WTO a draft regulation aimed to amend Annexe III (restricted substances) to the Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009. On the agenda: the authorization of six hair dye substances for use in products intended to colour eyelashes, and the regulation of ten newly assessed hair dye substances.

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Notification date

July 14, 2016


This draft Commission regulation aims at authorising six hair dye substances for use in products intended to colour eyelashes and at regulating, in the context of the assessment strategy for hair dyes, ten newly assessed hair dye substances in Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009. The proposed maximum authorised concentrations are based on the latest opinions of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) on these substances.

Text of the draft regulation


(1) Following the publication of a scientific study in 2001, entitled 'Use of permanent hair dyes and bladder cancer risk', the Scientific Committee on Cosmetic Products and Non-Food Products intended for Consumers, subsequently replaced by the Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCP) pursuant to Commission Decision 2004/210/EC, concluded that the potential risks of the use of hair dyes were of concern. The SCCP, in its opinions, recommended that the Commission take further steps to control the use of hair dye substances.

(2) The SCCP further recommended an overall safety assessment strategy for hair dye substances including the requirements for testing substances used in hair dye products for their potential genotoxicity or carcinogenicity.

(3) Following the opinions of the SCCP, the …

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