Parabens in cosmetics ban to come in by Nick Boley
October 16, 2013, 09:23
Filed under: chemicals, Cosmetics, EU Regulation/Legislation | Tags: , ,

The EU has notified the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that it intends to ban five less commonly used parabens (isopropyl-, isobutyl, pentyl- and benzyl esters of 4-hydroxybenzoic and their salts) which have been used as preservatives in cosmetic products. Although these 5 substances are not used to any great extent today, the proposed ban marks a change in the way the EU regards the subject of parabens (considered to be endocrine disrupters)  and their safety.

Additionally, the EU has given notice of its intention to reduce the levels of two further, more commonly-used parabens, butyl-and propylparaben, and to completely prohibit their use in leave-on cosmetics designed for application in the nappy area and in cosmetics intended for children under three years of age. This reflects the move from Denmark in 2011 to completely ban the use of butyl- and propylparabens in all products aimed at children.

Parabens can be determined in cosmetic products by HPLC.

An EU public consultation on the use of butyl- and propylparabens in cosmetics is open until 1 November 2013.


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