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CSSC : Request for an addendum to the Opinion on Aluminium

CSSC : Demande d'addendum à l'Opinion sur l'aluminium

In March 2020, the CSSC (Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety) published its final Opinion on the safety of aluminium used in cosmetic products. Following an mistake recently identified in the submission dossier, the European Commission has just requested an addendum to this Opinion, to re-evaluate the safe percentage in lipsticks. The Scientific Committee accepted this mandate by written procedure on 16 October 2020.

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Following the dossier submission on the safety of aluminium in cosmetic products, the SCCS in its corresponding Opinion SCCS/1613/19, has concluded 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
• 0.77 % in lipstick

The current request for an Addendum is based on the recently identified mistake in the applicant’s previous submission concerning the maximum % concentration of aluminium in lipsticks. The current submission includes in particular additional data and considerations on the MoS calculation and aggregate exposure.

Questions to SCCS

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.

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?


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