EU revises triclosan limits in some cosmetics by Nick Boley

The European Commission has published a regulation, 35/2014, which amends Annexes II and V to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009, covering cosmetic products.

The Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCP) considered that the continued use of triclosan as a preservative at the current maximum concentration limit of 0.3 % in all cosmetic products is not safe for the consumer because of cumulative exposure effects. However, they considered that its use at a maximum concentration of 0.3 % in toothpastes, hand soaps, body soaps/shower gels and deodorants, face powders and blemish concealers is safe. In addition, the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) considered that other uses of triclosan –  in nail products where the intended use is to clean the fingernails and toenails before the application of artificial nail systems at a maximum concentration of 0.3 % and in mouthwashes at a maximum concentration of 0.2 % are safe for the consumer.

It has been previously reported that there are currently over 450 water bodies in the UK which are in excess of the maximum triclosan levels according the EU’s Water Framework Directive, and reductions in levels of this preservative in widely-used consumer and cosmetic products are necessary if this is to be remedied.



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