Tuesday, January 5, 2021SCCS

Addendum to the SCCS Opinion on Aluminium (preliminary version)

Addendum à l'Opinion du CSSC sur l'aluminium (version préliminaire)

After the SCCS (Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety) published its final Opinion on the safety of aluminium used in cosmetic products, an error was identified in the submission file regarding the safe percentage in lipsticks. The SCCS has just published an addendum on this subject. It was adopted by written procedure on 15 December 2020 and is open for comments until 15 February 2021.

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The SCCS in its Opinion SCCS/1613/19, has concluded that the use of aluminium compounds is safe up to 0.77% in lipstick.

For an exhaustive background information, see the article
CSSC : Request for an addendum to the Opinion on Aluminium, CosmeticOBS, 21 October 2020


1. In light of the new data provided, does the SCCS consider Aluminium safe when used in lipsticks up to a maximum concentration of 14%? In the event that the estimated exposure to Aluminium from lipsticks of cosmetic products is found to be of concern, SCCS is asked to recommend safe concentration limits.

In the light of the new data provided, the SCCS considers that the use of aluminium compounds is safe at the following equivalent aluminium concentrations up to:
• 6.25% in non-spray deodorants or non-spray antiperspirants
• 10.60% in spray deodorants or spray antiperspirants
• 2.65% in toothpaste and
• 14% in lipstick

2. Does the SCCS have any further scientific concerns regarding the use of Aluminium substances in cosmetic products taking into account the newly submitted information on aggregate exposure from cosmetics?

The SCCS considers that the systemic exposure to aluminium via daily applications of cosmetic products does …

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