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Zinc pyrithione: new limitation of concentration

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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 increase of the maximum authorised concentration of Zinc Pyrithione in rinse-off anti-dandruff hair products.

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Notification date

 7 September 2016

Content

This draft Commission Regulation aims at authorizing the use of Zinc Pyrithione for purposes other than inhibiting the development of micro-organisms in rinse-off anti-dandruff hair products (cosmetic products).

Text of the draft regulation

Whereas

(1) Zinc Pyrithione is authorised as a preservative in rinse-off hair products at a maximum concentration of 1.0% and in other rinse-off cosmetic products at 0.5% (excluding oral products) in entry 8 of Annex V to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009. Zinc Pyrithione is also regulated in entry 101 of Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 for purposes other than inhibiting the development of micro-organisms in leave-on hair products at a maximum concentration of 0.1%.

(2) In 2000, the Scientific Committee on Cosmetic Products and Non-Food Products intended for Consumers (SCCNFP) was requested to review the safety of Zinc Pyrithione in its function as a non-preservative. On 17 December 2002 the SCCNFP adopted an opinion concluding the safe use of Zinc Pyrithione for non-preservative purposes in cosmetic rinse-off and leave-on hair care products at a maximum concentration of 1.0% and 0.1% respectively. The opinion also concluded that Zinc Pyrithione should not be used in products for oral hygiene.

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