New bans, restrictions and SCCS opinions

MBBT added to Annex VI

A new nano-sized UV filter has been added to Annex VI of the EU cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009 and therefore became approved for use in the EU. The ingredient in question is Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol (MBBT).

In 2015 the SCCS published a positive opinion on the use of MBBT in nano form and reconfirmed that opinion in January 2018.

The use of MBBT will be authorized at a max concentration of 10% w/w, except in applications that may lead to exposure of the user’s lungs by inhalation.