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Aluminium in cosmetic products: Opinion of the SCCS

Aluminium dans les produits cosmétiques : Opinion du CSSC

The SCCS has just published its new Opinion on the safety of aluminium and its compounds in cosmetic products. It has been adopted during the plenary meeting of 30-31 October 2019, and is opened to comments until 17 Februaryy 2020.

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Aluminium and its compounds are used in cosmetics products such as antiperspirants, lipsticks and toothpastes. In particular, the most extensively used aluminium compound in cosmetic products is Aluminium Chlorohydrate in antiperspirants. Aluminium Chlorohydrate is a cosmetic ingredient not regulated in the Cosmetic Regulation 1223/2009…
In 2013, the risk assessment issued by the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety showed that cosmetic products, and in particular antiperspirants, constitute a significantly larger contribution to the total systemic aluminium exposure compared to diet.
In October 2016, Cosmetics Europe submitted to the Commission services a new safety dossier.

For an exhaustive background information, see the article
Aluminium, HEMA, QRA 2: three requests for Opinion to SCCS, CosmeticOBS, 13 March 2017


1. In light of the new data provided, does the SCCS consider that Aluminium compounds are safe in
other cosmetic products such as lipsticks and toothpastes?

In the light of the new data provided, the SCCS considers that the use of aluminium at concentrations of 6.25% and 10.60% in non-spray antiperspirants and spray antiperspirants, respectively is safe.
The SCCS considers that the use of aluminium at concentrations of 2.65% in toothpaste and 0.77 % in lipstick per …

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