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Benzoyl Peroxide, o-Phenylphenol: ECHA's RAC opinions

Benzoyl peroxide, o-Phenylphenol : les avis du CER de l'ECHA

The Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has just adopted its Opinions on the classification and harmonised labelling of 10 chemical substances. Among them, two can be used in cosmetics.

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Benzoyl Peroxide

Dibenzoyle peroxyde (CAS: 94-36-0 - CE: 202-327-6 - INCI: Benzoyl Peroxide) is listed in the CosIng with the function of oxidising.
It is regulated in Annex III, entry 94, to Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009, which limits its use to artificial nail systems for professional use with a limited maximum concentration in finished products (after mixing) of 0.7%.
It is currently listed in Annex VI, entry 617-008-00-0 to Regulation CLP 1272/2008, with the classifications:
• Org. Perox. B - H241 : Heating may cause a fire or explosion
• Eye Irrit. 2 - H319 : Causes serious eye irritation
• Skin Sens. 1 - H317 : May cause an allergic skin reaction
• Pictograms: GHS02, GHS01, GHS07
• Hazard statement: Dgr (Danger)

RAC’s opinion

RAC agreed to the proposal by Ireland to classify dibenzoyl peroxide as:
• Very toxic to aquatic life (Aquatic Acute 1; H400, with M-factor of 10))
• Very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects (Aquatic Chronic 1; H410, with M-factor of 10)


biphenyl-2-ol (CAS: 90-43-7, EC: 201-993-5, INCI: o-Phenylphenol) is listed in the CosIng with the function of preservative.
It is listed in Annex V (preservatives) to Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009 with maximum permitted …

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