CosmeticOBS - L'Observatoire des cosmétiques
Jan. 27, 2016SCCS

Trace level of 1,4-Dioxane: Opinion of the SCCS pro Add to my portfolio
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CosmeticOBS - Observatoire des Cosmétiques

The SCCS has just published its Opinion on the acceptable and safe trace level of 1,4-Dioxane in cosmetic products, and the conclusions of the ICCR's report on this topic. It has been adopted at the plenary meeting on 15 December 2015, and is open for comments until March 18, 2016.

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Background

While the ICCR's Traces Working Group recommended a two-step approach with a starting acceptable and safe trace level of 1,4-Dioxane at 25 ppm, followed by the phasing-in of a 10 ppm level over a short period of time, the SCCS did not support this approach.
In order to report the SCCS' position, the European Commission needs to refer to a formal assessment and thus asked for it to the SCCS.

For exhaustive background information, see the article
Trace level of 1,4-Dioxane: request for Opinion to SCCS (January 4, 2016)

Opinion

Could the SCCS give its scientific opinion on the 'Report of the ICCR Working Group: Considerations on Acceptable Trace Level of 1,4-Dioxane in Cosmetic Products'?

SCCS is of the opinion that trace levels of 1,4-Dioxane in cosmetic products representing a LCR  10⁻ is considered safe for the consumer. Thus, a trace level of 1,4-Dioxane in cosmetic products of  10 ppm is safe.

On the basis of measurements of 1,4-Dioxane over time and the more recent measurements, a level of ≤ 10 ppm 1,4-Dioxane in cosmetic products seems achievable to day.

SCCS do not concur with the considerations of ICCR to regulate the reduction of 1,4-Dioxane by two phase targets.
SCCS is of the opinion that a target ...