Methylparaben: SCCS Final Opinion



The final opinion on Methylparaben (CAS No. 99-76-3) was issued by the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) on December 15, 2023. 



SCCS Final Opinion on Methylparaben: The Background


On November 7, 2018, the Commission conducted a review of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009, which governs cosmetic products, specifically focusing on substances exhibiting endocrine-disrupting (ED) properties. These substances are chemical substances that can alter the functioning of the endocrine system, and consequently produce adverse effects upon human health.

While the Cosmetics Regulation lacks explicit provisions on EDs, it establishes a regulatory framework to ensure a high level of protection for human health. Environmental concerns related to cosmetic product ingredients are addressed under Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (‘REACH Regulation’).

Methylparaben is among the substances identified, triggering a call for data as part of this comprehensive evaluation process.


What is methylparaben?

This is a chemical compound used as a preservative in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi.


What is the reason behind the issuance of the SCCS Final Opinion?


Is methylparaben safe?


After evaluating various aspects such as physicochemical properties, toxicokinetics, exposure, and toxicological and safety evaluations, the SCCS concluded:

The use of Methylparaben as a preservative in cosmetic products at concentrations of up to 0.4% (expressed as acid) is safe.

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