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o-Phenylphenol: new restriction of use by the end of 2018

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The European Union has just transmitted to WTO a draft regulation aimed at restrict the maximum concentration of the preservative o-Phenylphenol in leave-on cosmetic products. This provision should be adopted in 2018, and enter into force from six to nine months later.

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Notification date

 22 November 2017

Products covered

Cosmetic Products

Title of the notified document

Draft Commission Regulation amending Annex V to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products (and its accompanying annex)


This draft Commission Regulation aims to restrict the maximum concentration of o-Phenylphenol as a preservative in leave-on cosmetic products from the currently authorised concentration of 0.2% to 0.15%.


Protection of human health and safety

The text of the future regulation


 1. The substance Biphenyl-2-ol, and its salts, which have been assigned the names o-Phenylphenol, MEA o-Phenylphenate, Potassium o-Phenylphenate and Sodium o-Phenylphenate under the International Nomenclature of Cosmetics Ingredients (INCI), are currently allowed as preservatives in cosmetic products at a concentration up to 0.2% (as phenol) in ready for use preparation. The substance Biphenyl-2-ol, and its salts are currently listed in entry 7 of Annex V to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009.

 2. The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) concluded in its Opinion of 25 June 2015 , later revised on 15 December 2015 , that o-Phenylphenol as a preservative with a maximum concentration of 0.2% in leave-on cosmetic products is not safe for the consumer. Also, in …

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