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Lowered the allowed level of homosalate

The UV filter Homosalate was included in the list of potential endocrine disruptors to be evaluated. In June 2021, the SCCS released its Final Opinion 1622/20, stating that the present limit for Homosalate as a UV filter (10% in the finished product) is not safe.

Following the SCCS Scientific Advice 1638/21 of December 2021, the European Commission published a draft of Annex VI of the Regulation (EC) 1223/2009, restricting the use of Homosalate.

According to the draft Regulation, it can only be used in face products except for propellant sprays, up to a maximum concentration of 7.34%.

So, this means that Homosalate can be used in face creams applied as creams, but not for propellant sprayed solutions.

The application deadlines are as follows:

  • 24 months after the entry into force of the draft Regulation for placing on the market;
  • 30 months after the entry into force for making available.

Microplastics – Draft of the new EU rules published.

Microplastics are intentionally added to a range of products including fertilisers, plant protection products, cosmetics, household and industrial detergents, cleaning products, paints and products used in the oil and gas industry.

In 2017, the European Commission requested ECHA to assess the scientific evidence for taking regulatory action at the EU level on microplastics, and the Commission has prepared its draft. This was published on the 30th of August 2022 and was discussed for the first time with the Member States in the REACH Committee on 23 September 2022.

Annex XVII of REACH Regulation will be amended restricting synthetic polymer microparticles, polymers that are solid and which either are contained in particles, fulfilling different conditions listed.

Also is excluding different polymers that are the result of a polymerisation process that has taken place in nature, degradable polymers, polymers with solubility greater than 2 g/L, and polymers that do not contain carbon atoms in their chemical structure, and an appendix of the amendment will lay down the rules for proving degradability of polymers, publishing different methods to ensure the compliance with the different restrictions.

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For further details, see the complete draft regulation at:

Final opinion on Genistein and Daidzein

On the 23rd of September 2022, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) published its Final Opinion on Genistein and Daidzein. A corrigendum, to correct the bioavailability oral route for daidzein was adopted on the 11th of October 2022.

From the safety assessment based on the available relevant data on the aglycone form of genistein and daidzein, and in consideration of the potential endocrine disrupting properties of phytoestrogens, the SCCS considers that:

  1. a) the use of Genistein in cosmetic products up to a maximum concentration of 0.007% is safe.
  2. b) the use of Daidzein in cosmetic products up to a maximum concentration of 0.02% is safe.

For more information, see the complete Opinion at: 

Omnibus Act VI will be effective from the 1st of December 2023

On the 3rd of May 2022, the European Commission published the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2022/692, also known as the 18th Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP). The law includes the substances classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic, or toxic for reproduction (CMR). Among them, there are new 30 substances that are also used as cosmetic ingredients, which will become prohibited for use in cosmetic products.

According to the Omnibus Act VI draft, substances such as Benzophenone, Cumene or Ammonium bromide will be prohibited in cosmetic products.

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