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Reminder: MIT is now banned in leave-on products

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Over the past few months, the noose had been tightening around Methylisothiazolinone. It was banned in leave-on cosmetics as from 12 February 2017, and the maximum authorized concentration of this preservative should also be considerably reduced in rinse-off products by the end of the year. Here is a short reminder of regulations for formulators and companies placing products on the market.

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 0% in leave-on cosmetics

Regulation 2016/1198 of 22 July 2016 amended Annex V (preservatives) to Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009, to ban Methylisothiazolinone in leave-on cosmetic products.

In an Opinion of 12 December 2013 , the SCCS concluded that current clinical data indicate that the concentration of 100ppm of methylisothiazolinone in cosmetic products is not safe for the consumer. For leave-on cosmetic products (including ‘wet wipes’), no safe concentrations of methylisothiazolinone for induction of contact allergy or elicitation have been adequately demonstrated.

Regulation 2016/1198 states that from 12 February 2017, Methylisothiazolinone is authorized only in leave-on products. Only compliant cosmetic products shall be placed and made available on the Union market.

 0.0015% in rinse-off cosmetics

The draft regulation of the Commission notified to WTO on 28 November 2016 plans to amend Annex V to Regulation No 1223/2009 on cosmetic products and restrict the use of methylisothiazolinone as a preservative in rinse-off cosmetic products from the currently authorised concentration of 100ppm to 15ppm.

In an Opinion on the safety of Methylisothiazolinone of 15 December 2015, the SCCS concluded that for rinse-off cosmetic products, a concentration up to 0.0015% (15ppm) Methylisothiazolinone is considered safe for the consumer from the point of …

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