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UK notifies update of banned and restricted cosmetic ingredients

Le Royaume-Uni notifie une mise à jour des ingrédients cosmétiques interdits et soumis à restrictions

The United Kingdom has just transmitted to the WTO a draft regulation aiming at modifying the list of prohibited and restricted ingredients in cosmetic products. This concerns Salicylic Acid, Deoxyarbutin and about thirty substances classified as CMR. Details of the measures and comparison with the European regulations.

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Notification Date

13 April 2022

Products covered

Cosmetics products (ICS 71.100.70)

Title of the notified document

The Toys and Cosmetic Products (Restriction of Chemical Substances) Regulations 2022


These measures will amend the Toys (Safety) Regulation 2011 as applicable in GB (“the Toys Regulations”) and the Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009 as applicable in GB (“the Cosmetics Regulations”) as they apply in England, Wales and Scotland. They will amend permitted levels of certain chemicals in both the Toys Regulations and the Cosmetics Regulations. […]
They will amend the Cosmetics Regulations to permit the use of salicylic acid for uses other than as a preservative only in specific product types, prohibit the use of deoxyarbutin and a set of chemicals classified as Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or Reprotoxic (CMR) under GB Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulations.


The Toys Regulations and the Cosmetics Regulations both contain technical annexes that establish limits and prohibitions on the use of specified chemicals. The Government has powers to amend the various annexes when certain conditions are met.
The objective of the measure is to amend the permitted use of specific chemicals in order to ensure that only toys and cosmetics products that are considered safe can be placed …

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