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Benzophenone-3, Octocrylene: forthcoming restrictions notified by Europe to the WTO

Benzophenone-3, Octocrylene : prochaines restrictions notifiées par l'Europe à l'OMC

On 14 October 2021, the European Union transmitted to the WTO a draft Regulation to introduce new use restrictions for two UV filters, Benzophenone-3 and Octocrylene. The amendments to Annex VI (authorized UV filters) to Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009 are expected to be adopted in the 2nd quarter of 2022.

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Notification Date

14 October 2021

Products covered

Cosmetic products; Cosmetics. Toiletries (ICS 71.100.70)

Title of the notified document

Draft Commission Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No.1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the use of certain UV filters in cosmetic products


The draft Commission Regulation aims at amending the existing restrictions for Benzophenone-3 and Octocrylene, taking into account the latest Opinions by the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) of 30-31 March 2021 on these two UV-filters. In particular, lowering the current maximum concentrations for Benzophenone-3 of 6% to 2.2% when used in body products, including propellant and pump spray products, and for Octocrylene of 10% to 9% when used in propellant spray products.


Protection of human health or safety

The text of the future regulation


  1. The substances 2-Hydroxy-4-methoxybenzophenone/Oxybenzone (CAS No.131-57-7), which has been assigned the name Benzophenone-3 under the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI), and 2-Cyano-3,3-diphenyl acrylic acid, 2-ethylhexyl ester/Octocrylene (CAS No.6197-30-4), which has been assigned the name Octocrylene under the INCI, are currently allowed as UV-filters in cosmetic products and listed in entries 4 and 10, respectively, of Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No.1223/2009.

  2. In light of concerns related to potential …

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