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Peanut & wheat protein in cosmetics: new restrictions in 2018

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The European Union has just transmitted to WTO a draft regulation aimed at restricting the peanut protein level of peanut oil, its extracts and its derivatives, as well as the molecular weight average of the peptides in hydrolysed wheat protein in cosmetic products. This measure should enter into force in 2017, and mandatory in 2018.

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Notification date

 8 March 2017

Products covered

Cosmetics

Title of the notified document

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

Content

Following the latest Opinions of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS), this draft Commission Regulation aims at restricting in cosmetic products the peanut protein level of peanut oil, its extracts and its derivatives to maximum 0.5 ppm and the molecular weight average of the peptides in hydrolysed wheat protein to maximum 3.5 kDa.

Objective

Protection of Human health or Safety

The text of the future regulation

Whereas

 1. Several Member States have recently indicated safety problems in relation to the use of peanut oil, its extracts and its derivatives in cosmetic products. Concerns have been raised that sensitisation to peanuts might be induced through skin exposure to peanut oil through the use of cosmetic products.

 2. The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety ("SCCS") acknowledged those concerns in its revised Opinion of 23 September 2014 . In that Opinion, the SCCS concluded that there are insufficient data to define a safe level of skin exposure in the non-sensitised population. However, in view of the …

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