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Triclosan / Triclocarban: Request for a scientific advice to the SCCS

Triclosan / Triclocarban : demande d'avis scientifique au CSSC

Following the publication of a first list of 14 suspected endocrine disruptors to be assessed on a priority basis, and the subsequent call for data, the European Commission is now asking the SCCS for its advice on the safety of two of them: Triclocarban and Triclosan. The Scientific Committee is tasked with identifying the specific concerns and potential risk of their use in cosmetic products. It accepted this mandate at its plenary meeting on 24-25 June 2021.

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Background on substances with endocrine disrupting properties

On 7 November 2018, the Commission adopted a review of Regulation (EC) No.1223/2009 on cosmetic products (“Cosmetics Regulation”) regarding substances with endocrine disrupting properties. The review concluded that the Cosmetics Regulation provides the adequate tools to regulate the use of cosmetic substances that present a potential risk for human health, including when displaying ED properties.

The Cosmetics Regulation does not have explicit provisions on EDs. However, it provides a regulatory framework with a view to ensuring a high level of protection of human health.
Environmental concerns that substances used in cosmetic products may raise are considered through the application of Regulation (EC) No.1907/2006 (‘REACH Regulation’).

In the review, the Commission commits to establishing a priority list of potential EDs not already covered by bans or restrictions in the Cosmetics Regulation for their subsequent safety assessment. A priority list of 28 potential EDs in cosmetics was consolidated in early 2019 based on input provided through a stakeholder consultation. The Commission then organised a public call for data from 16 May 2019 to 15 October 2019 on 14 of the 28 substances (to be treated with higher priority) in order to be able to prepare …

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