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SCCS: Preliminary Opinion on the revision of the Opinion on Vitamin A

CSSC : Opinion préliminaire sur la révision de l'Opinion sur la Vitamine A

Following the mandate given by the European Commission to the SCCS in March 2021 in the context of the availability of new data on global exposure to vitamin A, the SCCS has just published its preliminary Opinion on the safety of vitamin A compounds used in cosmetic products (Retinol, Retinyl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate). It was adopted by written procedure on 10 December 2021, and is open for comments until 7 February 2022.

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Vitamin A is currently not regulated in the annexes to the Cosmetics Regulation (EC) No.1223/2009. In 2016, the SCCS issued the Opinion SCCS/1576/16 on Vitamin A concluding that its use as a cosmetic ingredient is safe at given concentrations for body lotions and face creams, leave-on (other than body lotions) and rinse-off products.
However, intake of Vitamin A via additional sources of exposure to Vitamin A (in addition to exposure via food) may exceed safe levels.
In 2020, the Commission services received additional information on a recent study that evaluated the aggregated exposure to Vitamin A from cosmetics, diet and food supplements and the contribution of cosmetic products among the overall/total exposure to Vitamin A.

For an exhaustive background information, see the articles
Phenoxyethanol, EcoG+, Vitamin A: Final Opinions of the SCCS, CosmeticOBS, 13 January 2017
SCCS: Request for a revision of the Opinion on Vitamin A, CosmeticOBS, 15 March 2021


1. In light of the data provided, does the SCCS consider that the contribution of the cosmetic products among the overall/total exposure to Vitamin A is of concern?

The SCCS is of the opinion that Vitamin A in cosmetics at the specified concentrations …

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