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Resorcinol: Preliminary Opinion of the SCCS

Resorcinol : Opinion préliminaire du CSSC

Following the mandate given by the European Commission to the SCCS in February, in the framework of the evaluation of ingredients listed as endocrine disruptors, the Scientific Committee has just published its preliminary Opinion on the safety of Resorcinol. It was adopted by written procedure on 16 October 2020 and is open for comments until 22 December.

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Following the publication of a list of 14 substances suspected of acting as endocrine disruptors to be assessed on a priority basis, and the subsequent call for data, the European Commission has just asked the SCCS for its opinion on the safety of five substances: Benzophenone-3, Homosalate, Octocrylene, Propylparaben, and Resorcinol.
Resorcinol is currently regulated as an oxidative hair dye in hair products and products intended for colouring eyelashes in a concentration up to 1,25 % (Annex IV/22 a, b). Furthermore, Resorcinol is also allowed in a concentration up to 0.5 % in hair lotions and shampoos (Annex IV/22 c).

For an exhaustive background information, see the article
Endocrine disruptors: 5 requests for SCCS Opinions, CosmeticOBS, 10 February 2020


1. In light of the data provided and taking under consideration the concerns related to potential endocrine disrupting properties of Resorcinol, does the SCCS consider Resorcinol safe when used as an oxidative hair dye in products intended for hair and eyelashes up to 1.25 % and up to 0.5 % in hair lotions and shampoos?

Keeping in view the evidence on endocrine disrupting properties of Resorcinol, the SCCS assessment shows that Resorcinol is safe when …

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