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Reminder: full entry into force of the new restrictions on Benzophenone-3 and Octocrylene

Rappel : entrée en application totale des nouvelles restrictions pour la Benzophenone-3 et l'Octocrylene

This 28 July 2023 marks the full application of the new restrictions laid down in Regulation 2022/1176 for two UV filters, Benzophenone-3 and Octocrylene. Applicable since 28 January to new products placed on the market, they now apply to all products, including those made available on the market.

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Published on 8 July 2022, Regulation 2022/1176 amended Annex VI (permitted UV filters) of Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009. It provides new concentration limits for Benzophenone-3 and Octocrylene.
As of 28 July 2023, all products, placed and made available on the EU market must therefore meet the following requirements.

Maximum allowable concentration
a) Face products, hand products, and lip products, excluding propellant and pump spray products: 6%
b) Body products, including propellant and pump spray products: 2.2%
c)Other products: 0.5%
Other restrictions
For a) and b) Not more than 0.5% to protect product formulation.
a) If used at 0.5% to protect product formulation, the levels used as UV filter must not exceed 5.5%.
b) If used at 0,5 % to protect product formulation, the levels used as UV filter must not exceed 1,7 %.
Mandatory labelling information
For a) and b): Contains Benzophenone-3**
Not required if concentration is 0,5 % or less and when it is used only for product protection purposes.

Maximum allowable concentration
a) Propellant spray products: 9%
b) Other products: 10%
Other restriction
Benzophenone as an impurity and/or degradation product of Octocrylene shall be kept at trace level

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