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The use of Zinc oxide to be limited in 2017 in Europe

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The European Union has just transmitted to WTO a draft regulation aimed at restricting the use of Zinc oxide as a colorant in uncoated non-nano form in cosmetic products to prevent the exposure of the end-user's lungs by inhalation. The text should enter into force during 3rd quarter 2017.

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 13 January 2017

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This draft Commission regulation aims at restricting the use of Zinc oxide as a colorant in uncoated non-nano form (cosmetic products).
The EU adopted in April 2016 a regulation authorising Zinc oxide for use as a UV-filter in its nano and non-nano forms (Commission regulation (EU) 2016/621 of 21 April 2016). The current draft measure is based on the same scientific Opinion of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS/1489/2012) on which regulation (EU) 2016/621 was based, but concerns the use of Zinc oxide as colorant and regulates only the uncoated non-nano form. Currently Zinc oxide (in uncoated non-nano form) is authorised for use as a colorant in cosmetics. The draft measure will keep Zinc oxide authorised as a colorant but proposes a restriction of the conditions of use of this colorant to applications preventing exposure of the end-user's lungs to Zinc oxide by inhalation.

The text of the future regulation

Whereas

 1. Zinc oxide is authorised as a colorant in cosmetic products under entry 144 of Annex IV to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009.

 2. In its Opinion of 18 September 2012, which was revised in 23 September 2014, the Scientific Committee on Consumer …

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