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Monday, May 2, 2022European Commission

EU publishes updated Glossary of Cosmetic Ingredients

L'Union européenne publie la mise à jour du Glossaire des ingrédients cosmétiques

On 29 April 2022, the Commission published in the Official Journal of the European Union Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/677 which is the update of the “Glossary of common ingredient names for use in the labelling of cosmetic products”. This version now includes 30070 INCI names compared to 26491 in the previous one and shall apply from 29 April 2023.

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The first version of this Glossary was published in May 2019, to comply with Article 33 to Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009. This update incorporates the INCI names of new ingredients used since then, as well as corrections of errors or omissions found in the first text. It still includes only the INCI names of substances, without reference to CAS numbers.

The “Whereas” of Decision 2022/677

1) Article 19(1), point (g), of Regulation (EC) No.1223/2009 requires the labelling information on cosmetic products to include a list of ingredients. The ingredients are to be expressed using the common ingredient names set out in a Glossary to be compiled and updated by the Commission pursuant to Article 33 of that Regulation. The Glossary is required to take account of internationally recognised nomenclatures including the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI).

2) Commission Decision (EU) 2019/701 set out the Glossary of common ingredient names in accordance with Article 33 of Regulation (EC) No.1223/2009. A large number of amendments are to be made to that glossary in order to take into account new ingredient names that are currently in use for cosmetic products placed on the Union market. Decision (EU) 2019/701 should therefore, in the interests …

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