EU Cosmetic Ingredient Glossary

Upcoming EU cosmetic ingredient bans and restrictions for 2023 and beyond

Future changes (2023+):


  • Upcoming bans (specifics not known yet):
Ingredient Deadline for placing on the market Deadline for making available on the market
kojic acid


expected 2022-23 expected 2022-23
nano copper, nano platinum, nano gold


expected 2022-23 expected 2022-23
nano hydroxyapatite expected 2022-23 expected 2022-23
prostaglandins expected 2022-23 expected 2022-23
4-methylbenzylidene camphor (4MBC) expected 2023-24 expected 2023-24
D5, D6 in leave-on cosmetics expected 2027 expected 2027
D6 in wash-off cosmetics expected 2024 expected 2024
Microplastics in wash-off cosmetics expected Q1 2027 expected Q1 2027
Microplastics in leave-on cosmetics expected Q1 2029 expected Q1 2029


  • Upcoming restrictions (specifics not known yet):
Ingredient Restrictions Deadline for placing on the market Deadline for making available on the market

(UV filter)

SCCS concluded that the ingredient is safe at a concentration of 0.5%


Expected 2023-24 Expected 2023-24
Formaldehyde releasing preservatives “All finished products containing substances in Annex V and which release formaldehyde must be labelled with the warning ‘contains formaldehyde’ where the concentration of formaldehyde in the finished product exceeds 0.001%”.


Expected 2024 Expected 2026
Extra fragrance allergens o   Labelling of approx. 60 new allergens

o   A Working Document and draft Annex III entry to the EU Cosmetics Regulation have been drafted by the Commission.  The intention is to require the on-pack labelling of the additional fragrance allergens if they exceed the relevant thresholds.

o   The last draft proposed transition periods of three years for placing on the market and five years for withdrawing non-compliant products from the market.


Expected 2025 Expected 2027