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Nov. 12, 2019 | Ingredients news

HEPB: a new preservative is added in Annex V to the Cosmetics Regulation pro

Regulation 2019/1858 of 6 November 2019, published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 7 November 2019, amends Annex V (Preservatives) of Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009 to add Hydroxyethoxyphenyl Butanone (HEPB). The provision is effective immediately (20 days after the publication of the text).

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HEPB: a new preservative is added in Annex V to the Cosmetics Regulation
12 Nov. 2019 European Commission

HEPB: a new preservative is added in Annex V to the Cosmetics Regulation pro

Regulation 2019/1858 of 6 November 2019, published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 7 November 2019, amends Annex V (Preservatives) of Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009 to add Hydroxyethoxyphenyl Butanone (HEPB). The provision is effective immediately (20 days after the publication of the text).

Three new coatings approved for nano titanium dioxide (UV-filter)
12 Nov. 2019 European Commission

Three new coatings approved for nano titanium dioxide (UV-filter) pro

Regulation 2019/1857 of 6 November 2019, published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 7 November 2019, amends Annex VI (UV-Filter) of Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009 to authorize three new coatings for titanium dioxide in its nano form. The provision is effective immediately (20 days after the publication of the text).

CoRAP: ECHA's proposal for 2020-2022
28 Oct. 2019 European Commission

CoRAP: ECHA's proposal for 2020-2022 pro

ECHA has just published its proposal to update the Community rolling action plan (CoRAP). The draft plan contains 74 substances proposed to be evaluated in 2020, 2021, and 2022. Several of them are frequently used in cosmetics. The final plan will be adopted in March 2020.

European Commission adopts CMR 2 classification for titanium dioxide
14 Oct. 2019 European Commission

European Commission adopts CMR 2 classification for titanium dioxide pro

On 4 October 2019, the European Commission adopted the Delegated Regulation amending for the 14th time the CLP Regulation on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures. In particular, this text provides for the addition of Titanium dioxide to its Annex VI, as a category 2 carcinogen by inhalation for mixtures placed on the market ...

Get ready for new REACH requirements for nanomaterials
14 Oct. 2019 European Commission

Get ready for new REACH requirements for nanomaterials pro

By 1 January 2020, companies must provide more information on nanomaterials on the EU market under the REACH Regulation. In a communiqué published on 8 October 2019, ECHA encourages potential registrants to familiarise themselves with the new legal requirements and get ready.

Methyl Salicylate, MIBK, Citric Acid…: RAC concludes on harmonised classification
01 Oct. 2019 European Commission

Methyl Salicylate, MIBK, Citric Acid…: RAC concludes on harmonised classification pro

ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) has just announced that its Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) has concluded on the harmonised classification of 15 substances. Among them, three (including Methyl Salicylate or Citric Acid) may be used in cosmetic products, and two are subject to a classification as CMR2 that eventually may lead to a ban ...

REACH: more dossiers to be checked by ECHA soon
25 Sept. 2019 European Commission

REACH: more dossiers to be checked by ECHA soon pro

The European Commission announced that the Member States of the REACH Committee have unanimously accepted its proposal to increase ECHA’s target for verifying the compliance of registration dossiers from 5% to 20%. 30% of all registered substances are expected to be covered by 2027.

JRC releases ERM-FD103
16 Sept. 2019 European Commission

The JRC releases new certified reference material for nanoparticle size and shape analysis pro

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission (EC) has produced its first Certified Reference Material (CRM) for quality control of measurements of nanoparticle size and shape parameters by electron microscopy. The CRM (ERM-FD103), which has been developed to support the implementation of the EC nanomaterial definition, consists of ...

Brexit Checklist: European Commission's last call to prepare for the No-Deal on 31 October 2019
10 Sept. 2019 European Commission

Brexit Checklist : European Commission's last call to prepare for the No-Deal on 31 October 2019 pro

With only a few weeks to go until the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union on 31 October 2019, and a confused British political situation, the European Commission has reiterated its call on all stakeholders in the EU27 to prepare for a “no-deal” scenario. “Every single business that trades with the UK, both ...

Phenoxyethanol, Methylene di-t-butylcresol…: RAC concludes on a harmonised classification
25 June 2019 European Commission

Phenoxyethanol, Methylene di-t-butylcresol…: RAC concludes on a harmonised classification pro

ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) has just announced that its Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) has concluded on the harmonised classification of 10 substances. Among them, four (including phenoxyethanol) may be used in cosmetic products, and one (Methylene di-t-butylcresol) is subject to a classification as CMR (Repr. 1B) due to its effects on fertility that ...

The 2nd European CMR Regulation notified to the WTO
19 June 2019 European Commission

The 2nd European CMR Regulation notified to the WTO pro

After many delays, the first Regulation aimed at formally integrating CMRs into Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009 was finally published in May 2019. The European Commission had announced its intention to update the list of classified substances every year. And the movement is well and truly underway since on 12 June 2019, the European Union transmitted to the ...

Call for data from the European Commission for 6 nano-ingredients
18 June 2019 European Commission

Call for data from the European Commission for 6 nano-ingredients pro

On 11 June 2019, the European Commission published a Call for Data for six nanos forms of gold, platinum and copper used in cosmetics. The aim is to gather enough information to be able to have their safety assessed by the SCCS, with a view to regulating them if necessary.

Reminder: entry into force of restrictive measures for o-Phenylphenol and its salts
17 June 2019 European Commission

Reminder: entry into force of restrictive measures for o-Phenylphenol and its salts pro

This June 17, 2019, is the first step in the implementation of Regulation 2018/1847, which provides for a reduction in the concentration of o-Phenylphenol and a ban on its salts in cosmetics. The measure has now entered into force for products placed on the European market (new products). It will be applicable to ...

Endocrine disruptors: 1st call for data from the European Commission
21 May 2019 European Commission

Endocrine disruptors: 1st call for data from the European Commission pro

On 16 May 2019, the European Commission published a Call for data for 14 substances with with potential endocrine-disrupting properties used in cosmetics products. Among them: Triclosan, Resorcinol, BHT, Benzyl salicylate… The aim is to gather enough information to be able to have their safety assessed by the SCCS as a matter of priority, with ...

The ECHA's CoRAP 2019-2021
03 April 2019 European Commission

CoRAP 2019-2021: 100 substances to be evaluated pro

ECHA has adopted the updated Community rolling action plan (CoRAP) for 2019-2021 with 100 substances to be evaluated, some of which are used in cosmetics. The Member States have 12 months to evaluate the 31 substances specified for 2019. Registrants of the listed substances are encouraged to keep their registrations up to date and to contact the evaluating Member ...

Microplastics restrictions: the ECHA's consultation
03 April 2019 European Commission

Microplastics restrictions: the ECHA's consultation pro

In the framework of the EU plastics strategy and at the request of the European Commission, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) prepared a restriction dossier under the European regulation on registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals (REACH). It targets intentionally added microplastics in products, including cosmetics. ECHA now launches ...

Hydroxyethoxyphenyl Butanone, a new cosmetic preservative
02 April 2019 European Commission

A new preservative (HEPB) authorized at the end of 2019 pro

On 28 March 201p, the European Union transmitted to WTO a draft Regulation aimed to authorise the use of a new preservative - Hydroxyethoxyphenyl Butanone (HEPB) - in cosmetic products. Modification of Annex V (authorised preservatives) is expected to be adopted during the 4th quarter of 2019.

CosmeticOBS' April Fool's Day
01 April 2019 European Commission

Ethanol included in the Omnibus Regulation on CMRs… and soon to be banned in cosmetics!

On 29 June 2017, the European Union notified the WTO of a draft Regulation to prohibit or limit the use in cosmetic products of all substances classified as CMR. In an addendum dated 27 March 2019, it announced the addition of ethanol to the list of substances soon to be banned in all cosmetic products, including ...

New coatings for nano-TiO2 soon to be authorized
25 March 2019 European Commission

New coatings for nano-TiO2 soon to be authorized pro

On 21 March 201p, the European Union transmitted to WTO a draft Regulation aimed to authorise the use of additional coating materials for the UV-filter Titanium dioxide (nano) in cosmetic products. Modification of Annex VI (authorised UV-Filters) is expected to be adopted during the 4th quarter of 2019.

Brexit: the impacts on REACH
05 March 2019 European Commission

Brexit: the impacts on REACH pro

On 27 February 2019, the European Commission published a new notice to encourage economic operators to prepare for the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. This one deals with the impacts of Brexit on the REACH Regulation, in particular on registration dossiers, substance use authorisation and downstream users.

ECHA:
05 March 2019 European Commission

ECHA: "REACH data compliance needs to improve" pro

ECHA has published its annual evaluation report, delivering updated statistics on evaluated substances and registration dossiers, and giving advice to registrants on how to improve the information they provide on chemicals.

Brexit, customs and VAT: a guide from the European Commission
20 Feb. 2019 European Commission

Brexit, customs and VAT: a guide from the European Commission pro

The European Commission just stepped up its “no-deal” outreach to EU businesses in the area of customs and indirect taxation such as VAT, given the risk that the United Kingdom may leave the EU on 30 March this year without a deal (a “no-deal” scenario). A Customs guide for businesses has been ...

Coming soon a mandatory marking for wipes
18 Feb. 2019 European Commission

Coming soon a mandatory marking for wipes pro

On 12 February 2019, the European Union forwarded to the WTO a draft Directive aimed at reducing the environmental impact of certain products containing plastic. In particular, it provides for a ban on single-use plastics if alternatives are readily available and mandatory marking for other products, such as wipes, including those for cosmetic ...

ECHA's proposals for restrictions
04 Feb. 2019 European Commission

Microplastics, Formaldehyde, D4, D5 and D6: ECHA's proposals for restrictions pro

On 30 January 2019, ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) published three proposals for restrictions on substances used in cosmetics. They concern microplastics, formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing agents, as well as siloxanes D4, D5 and D6. The European Commission should now present within three months draft restrictions for these substances under the REACH Regulation.

4 draft Regulations approved by the Standing Committee on Cosmetic Products
22 Jan. 2019 European Commission

4 draft Regulations approved by the Standing Committee on Cosmetic Products pro

At its meeting on 10 December 2018, the Standing Committee on Cosmetic Products gave a favourable opinion on four Regulations amending the Annexes to Regulation 1223/2009. These texts concern CMR substances, 2-Chloro-p-phenylenediamine, Phenylene bis-diphenyltriazine and Climbazole. The draft texts have just been published on the European Commission's website.

The European Commission notifies the glossary of cosmetic ingredients to the WTO
03 Jan. 2019 European Commission

A new glossary of cosmetic ingredients soon to be adopted pro

On 20 December 2018, the European Union transmitted to the WTO a draft Decision to establish a glossary of common ingredient names for use in the labelling of cosmetic products, with 26491 entries. This Decision should be adopted by the end of the first quarter of 2019.

REACH: new registration requirements for nanomaterials
11 Dec. 2018 European Commission

REACH: new registration requirements for nanomaterials pro

On 3 December 2018, the European Commission adopted the revision of several Annexes of the REACH Regulation, including a specific revision of the information requirements for nanomaterials. The amendments clarify what information companies placing substances in nanoform on the market need to provide in their registration dossiers. The new rules apply as of 1 January 2020.

Assessment of the impact of extended allergen labelling on cosmetic products by the European Commission
10 Dec. 2018 European Commission

Labelling of allergens: the European Commission launches its impact assessment pro

Since the CSSC opinion recommending the labelling on cosmetic packaging of more than 80 fragrance components with allergenic potential (instead of 26 currently), the subject has been a major concern for the cosmetics industry. The European Commission had announced an assessment of the impact that such a measure could have. It was launched on 5 December 2018 through ...

Notice Brexit & cosmetics from the European Commission
04 Dec. 2018 European Commission

The impact of Brexit on cosmetics: a notice from the European Commission pro

On 29 November 2018, the European Commission published a notice to encourage all interested parties, and especially economic operators, to get prepared to the legal repercussions of the withdrawal of United Kingdom from the Union. It is not just a matter for EU and national authorities but also for private parties, highlights the ...

ECHA is assessing risks from microplastics
03 Dec. 2018 European Commission

ECHA: "Microplastics likely to accumulate in terrestrial and freshwater environments"

The European Commission has asked ECHA to investigate whether an EU-wide restriction for intentionally added microplastics would be warranted. ECHA is assessing the risks that microplastics could pose to the environment once they are released, and will specifically address their extreme persistence in the environment and the difficulty in removing ...

Review of Cosmetics Regulation for endocrine disruptors: the report from the European Commission
13 Nov. 2018 European Commission

Review of Cosmetics Regulation for endocrine disruptors: the report from the European Commission pro

It was stated by its Article 15: the Commission was to review the Cosmetics Regulation with regard to substances with endocrine-disrupting properties, when Community or internationally agreed criteria for identifying these substances were available. This has now been done, and the Commission has just published its report on the matter.

ECHA's proposal for CoRAP 2019-2021
25 Oct. 2018 European Commission

CoRAP: ECHA's proposal for 2019-2021 pro

ECHA has published its amended proposal for chemical substances evaluation planning under CoRAP for the years 2019-2021. On the agenda: 100 substances to be evaluated, including 31 in 2019, 4 in 2020 and 25 in 2021. 11 substances were removed from the list established for CoRAP 2018-2020, their evaluation was finally seen as low priority or unnecessary.

RAC's proposal of harmonised classifications
24 Sept. 2018 European Commission

RAC concludes on 14 opinions on harmonised classification and labelling pro

ECHA’s Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) adopted its opinions on 14 harmonised classification and labelling proposals. Several substances are used in cosmetics, including two fragrance ingredients – Citral and Geraniol, a film-forming – Methyltrimethoxysilane, a solvent – Butoxyethanol, and two preservatives – Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate and Zinc Pyrithione (also anti-dandruff agent).

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24 July 2018 European Commission

Brexit: get ready for… all the scenarios! pro

The European Commission published a Communication on preparing for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU outlining the ongoing work on the preparation for all outcomes of Brexit. With a main message: as there is still no certainty that there will be a ratified withdrawal agreement in place, or what it ...

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03 July 2018 European Commission

REACH: 3 silicones added to the Candidate List pro

ECHA has added eight new SVHCs – including three silicones – to the Candidate List. Two further substances, TMA and DCHP, have also been added to the list by the European Commission. The Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) for authorisation now contains 191 substances.

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13 June 2018 European Commission

Guidance on identifying endocrine disruptors published pro

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have published their guidance on how to identify substances with endocrine disrupting properties in pesticides and biocides. This document might also be applicable for cosmetic products.

European Commission Flag and ECHA Logo
11 June 2018 European Commission

REACH: 21 551 chemicals now registered pro

The 10-year registration period for existing chemicals is now complete following the last REACH registration deadline on 31 May 2018. 13 620 European companies have submitted information to ECHA in nearly 90 000 registrations for chemicals manufactured in or imported to the EU and EEA at above one tonne a year.

European Commission Flag and BEUC Logo
09 May 2018 European Commission

CMRs: BEUC is on the offensive again pro

Last January, BEUC had already published an open letter to protest against the new European Commission’s approach to CMRs, whose ban in cosmetic products will no longer be automatic: instead, it will depend on an SCCS assessment. Pending the publication of a Regulation supposed to settle the fate of almost 200 of ...

European Commission Flag and ECHA Logo
30 April 2018 European Commission

REACH Annexes: specific information on nanomaterials pro

The REACH Committee has voted to amend REACH Annexes to explicitly address nanoforms of substances. The specific requirements will address the knowledge gap on which substances registered under REACH are placed on the market as nanomaterials and in which quantities. We will also know more about their basic characteristics, their ...

European Commission Logo
24 April 2018 European Commission

The European Commission has published the criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in plant protection products pro

Following the text adopted as part of the regulation on biocides, Regulation 2018/605 of 19 April 2018, published in the Official Journal of the European Union on April 20, sets out the criteria for the determination of endocrine-disrupting properties as part of the regulation on plant protection products. They will be applicable as from 20 October 2018. These two ...

European Commission Logo - ECHA Logo - CoRAP 2018-2020
27 March 2018 European Commission

CoRAP 2018-2020: 108 substances to be evaluated pro

ECHA has adopted the updated Community rolling action plan (CoRAP) for 2018-2020 with 108 substances to be evaluated, some of which are used in cosmetics. The Member States have 12 months to evaluate the 21 substances specified for 2018. The aim is to clarify whether these substances pose a risk to people or the environment.

CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques
05 March 2018 European Commission

ECHA calls for evidence on possible restriction of microplastics pro

ECHA has recently announced that, at the request of the European Commission, it will investigate the need for a restriction on the placing on the market and/or use of ‘intentionally added’ microplastic particles in products or uses that ‘intentionally release’ microplastic particles to the environment. It now calls for evidence ...