EU Cosmetic Ingredient Glossary

Upcoming EU cosmetic ingredient bans and restrictions

 

Upcoming bans:

Ingredient Deadline for placing on the market Deadline for making available on the market
Nano styrene/acrylates copolymer, sodium styrene/acrylates copolymer 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
Theophylline

Azadirachta Indica Seed Oil

Trimethylolpropane triacrylate

Pentetic acid

Pentasodium pentetate

 

(CMR Omnibus VI)

 

Expected December 1, 2023

 

Expected December 1, 2023

4-methylbenzylidene camphor (4MBC) expected 2024 expected 2024
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:

Ingredient Restrictions Deadline for placing on the market Deadline for making available on the market
Methyl-N-methylanthranilate (fragrance ingredient)

 

·         Restricted to 0.1% in leave-on products

·         Restricted to 0.2% in rinse-off products

·         For leave-on products:

o   Not to be used in sunscreen products and products marketed for exposure to natural or artificial UV light.

·         For leave on and rinse-off products:

o   Do not use with nitrosating agents.

o   Maximum nitrosamine content: 50 μg/kg.

o   Keep in nitrite-free containers

 

August 21, 2022 November 21, 2022
Methyl salicylate (CMR Omnibus V) ·         methyl salicylate should be considered as a weak skin sensitiser in humans and as an eye irritant

·         safe when used according to the following concentrations:

·         Not to be used in preparations for children under 6 years of age

·         Restricted to the following concentrations:

 

a)       Leave-on skin products (except face makeup, spray/aerosol body lotion, spray/aerosol deodorant and hydroalcoholic based fragrances) and leave on hair products (except spray/aerosol products): 0.06%

b)      Face makeup (except lip products, eye makeup and makeup remover): 0.05%

c)       Eye makeup and makeup remover: 0.002%

d)      Leave-on hair products (spray/aerosol): 0.009%

e)      Deodorant spray/aerosol: 0.003%

f)        Body lotion spray/aerosol: 0.04%

g)       Rinse-off skin products (except hand wash) and rinse -off hair products: 0.06%

h)      Hand wash: 0.6%

i)        Hydroalcoholic-alcoholic fragrances: 0.6%

j)        Lip products: 0.03%

k)       Toothpaste: 2.52%

l)        Mouthwash intended for children aged 6–10 years: 0.1%

m)    Mouthwash intended for children above 10 years of age and adults: 0.6%

n)      Mouth spray: 0.65%

December 17, 2022 December 17, 2022
Kojic acid ·         Max concentration allowed:  0.7% Expected 2022-23 Expected 2022-23
Octocrylene

(UV filter)

·         Propellant spray products: max 9%

·         Other products: max 10%

·         Benzophenone as an impurity and/or degradation product of Octocrylene shall be kept at trace level.

 

January 28, 2023 July 28, 2023
Benzophenone-3

(UV filter)

·         Face products, hand products, and lip products, excluding propellant and pump spray products:

o   max 6%

o   Not more than 0,5 % to protect product formulation

o   If used at 0,5 % to protect product formulation, the levels used as UV filter must not exceed 5,5 %.

o   Warning required: Contains Benzophenone-3 (Not required if concentration is 0,5 % or less and when it is used only for product protection purposes.)

·         Body products, including propellant and pump spray products:

o   max 2.2%

o   Not more than 0,5 % to protect product formulation

o   If used at 0,5 % to protect product formulation, the levels used as UV filter must not exceed 1.7 %.

o   Warning required: Contains Benzophenone-3 (Not required if concentration is 0,5 % or less and when it is used only for product protection purposes.)

·         Other products: max 0.5%

 

January 28, 2023 July 28, 2023
Acid Yellow 3 ·         Non-oxidative hair dye products: 0.5%

·         (entry 82 of Annex IV still applies if the ingredient is used as a colorant)

expected 2023 expected 2023
BHT ·         Mouthwashes: 0.001%

·         Toothpastes: 0.1%

·         Other leave-on and rinse-off products: 0.8%

expected 2023 expected 2023
Triclocarban

Triclosan

·         Triclocarban:

o   As a preservative: max 0.2%

o   Rinse-off products when used individually or in combination: 1.5%

·         Triclosan:

o   Shower gel and hand soap: 0.3%

o   Mouthwash: 2%

o   Toothpaste, deodorant stick, face powder and blemish concealer, when used individually or in combination: 3%

o   Body lotion: 0.03% (when used individually or combined with the above-mentioned products)

expected Q2 2023 expected Q2 2023
Homosalate

(UV filter)

·         Face products (with the exception of propellent spray products): 7.34%

 

Expected 2024-25 Expected 2024-25

Upcoming labelling changes:

Ingredient Restrictions Deadline for placing on the market Deadline for making available on the market
Resorcinol Warning labelling correction, from “Do not use to dye eyelashes or eyebrows.” to

 “Do not use to dye eyelashes.”

 

Expected 2023/2024 Expected 2023/2024
Formaldehyde releasing preservatives All finished cosmetic products containing formaldehyde-releasing preservatives to be labelled with the warning “releases formaldehyde” where the total concentration of formaldehyde released in the finished product exceeds 0,001 % (10 ppm) July 31, 2024 July 31, 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