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SCCS Opinion Salicylic Acid

The SCCS has just published its Opinion on the safety of the cosmetic ingredient and preservative Salicylic Acid. The substance is under a proposed classification as CMR2. This Opinion has been adopted by written procedure 10 September 2018, and is opened to comments until 14 November 2018.

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Salicylic acid (CAS 69-72-7) and its salts, as Calcium salicylate, Magnesium salicylate, MEA salicylate, Sodium salicylate, Potassium salicylate and TEA-salicylate (CAS 824-35-1 / 18917-89-0 / 59866-70-5 / 54-21-7/ 578-36-9 / 2174-16-5) are currently listed in Annex V (entry 3) of the Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 (Cosmetics Regulation) as preservative to be used in all cosmetic products up to a maximum concentration of 0.5% (acid).
Salicylic acid (CAS 69-72-7) is also listed in Annex III (entry 98) of the Cosmetics Regulation to be used up to a maximum concentration of 3.0% for the cosmetic rinse-off hair products and of 2.0% for other products.

ECHA’s Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) adopted its opinion on the harmonised classification for Salicylic acid (CAS 69-72-7) on 10 March 2016, with a proposed classification as CMR2 under Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008.

In December 2017, Cosmetics Europe transmitted a safety dossier on Salicylic acid (CAS 69-72-7) intended to demonstrate the safety of the ingredient for its current uses and restrictions.

For an exhaustive background information, see the article
Salicylic acid, Hair dyes: four requests for Opinion to SCCS of January 2, 2018


1. In light of the new data provided, does the SCCS still consider Salicylic acid (CAS 69-72-7) safe when used as a preservative in all cosmetic products up to a maximum concentration of 0.5% (acid) considering its current ...