Tuesday, October 23, 2018Ingredients news

Climbazole: Europe is planning new restrictions

L'Europe programme de nouvelles restrictions d'utilisation pour le Climbazole

On 18 October 2018, the European Union transmitted to WTO a draft Regulation to refine the restrictions for the use of Climbazole as a preservative and anti-dandruff agent. Annexes III and V of Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009 are expected to be amended during the 2nd quarter of 2019.

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Notification Date

18 October 2018

Products covered


Title of the notified document

Draft Commission Regulation amending Annexes III and V to Regulation (EC) No1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products


This draft Commission Regulation aims at restricting the use of Climbazole as a preservative in hair lotion (0.2%), face cream (0.2%), rinse-off shampoo (0.5%), foot care products (0.2%) and as an anti-dandruff agent in rinse-off shampoo up to 2.0%.


Protection of human health and safety

The text of the future regulation


1. The substance 1-(4-Chlorophenoxy)-1-(imidazol-1-yl)-3,3-dimethylbutan-2-one, which has been assigned the name Climbazole under the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI), is currently allowed as a preservative in cosmetic products at a maximum concentration of 0.5% in ready for use preparation. It is listed in entry 32 of Annex V to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009. In accordance with Article 14(1)(d)(ii) of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009, Climbazole may also be contained in cosmetic products for an intended use other than as preservative, only within the concentration limit laid down in entry 32 of Annex V.

2. The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) concluded at its plenary meeting on 21-22 June 2018, in …

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