Tuesday, April 12, 2016SCCS

SCCS: a reassessment of Butylphenyl methylpropional is foreseen

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On August 12, 2015, the SCCS has adopted an Opinion on the fragrance ingredient Butylphenyl methylpropional. This Opinion has just been revised, during the plenary meeting of 16 March 2016, and a reassessment of this cosmetic ingredient is announced.

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Background

 2-(4-tert-Butylbenzyl)propionaldehyde (BMHCA, INCI: Butylphenyl methylpropional, CAS: 80-54-6) is a fragrance ingredient used in many compounds in cosmetic products.
In October 2012 BMHCA has been introduced in the Registry of submitted Harmonized Classification and Labeling intentions', in view of a harmonized classification as CMR 2 (fertility).
In April 2013 the Commission has received a dossier by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) on the safety assessment of BMHCA, intended to demonstrate the safety of this ingredient. IFRA recommends a safe concentration limit for BMHCA when it is used in the specific categories of cosmetic products.

For exhaustive background information, see the articles
Fragrances, Hair dyes: 5 requests for Opinions by the SCCS (September 25, 2013)
Butylphenyl methylpropional: 'Not safe' for SCCS (September 18, 2015)

Opinion

In bold, the modified parts

The applicant was neither able to submit reliable data on the actual usage of BMHCA in the different product groups placed on the European market, nor clearly defined unambiguous limits in the finished products to be assessed by SCCS.

 1. Does the SCCS consider 2-(4-tert-Butylbenzyl)propionaldehyde (BMHCA) safe for use as fragrance ingredient in cosmetic leave-on and rinse-off type products and in oral products in a concentration limit(s) according the …

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