Denmark calls for more information on cosmetic chemicals

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Denmark calls for more information on cosmetic chemicals

Related tags: Cosmetics, European union

To gain more knowledge of the content and release of chemical substances in cosmetics, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency has called for tenders on four mapping projects.

The tender in regards to the cosmetics industry, is to develop regulation and risk assessment of allergens in toiletries aimed at children. 

The other three refer to toluene and other neurotoxic substances in the nursery; particle and heavy metal emissions from candles; and the survey and risk assessment of chemicals in carpets for children.

Tenders must be submitted by midday on 6 March, and sent to the Environmental Protection Agency marked: "Survey of chemical substances in consumer products (indicating the subject)".

Denmark frequently calls for regulatory reviews in cosmetics

Denmark recently flagged up nail polish product ‘Depend GelLack’, following a number of consumers experiencing allergic reactions.

The nail product contains acrylates, which have been reported to cause adverse effects when they come into contact with the skin.

Denmark had followed Sweden in its' decision to rule the product "not fit for purpose​" which came into force earlier this month, after its' Medical Protection Agency received 51 cases of adverse effects from using the polish.

A number of consumers were found to have experienced injuries and wounds on the skin after using 'Depend GelLack’. Although the product contains a well documented manual, it is considered that the product must be used by professionals.

However, the Danish Environmental Protection Agency has only received a few complaints to date and has therefore decided not to impose an outright ban on the product, but is urging consumers to follow instructions for it very carefully.

"The EPA has a close eye on the product, but has so far received very few complaints about adverse effects so we have decided not to remove the product from the market, but will instead encourage consumers to follow instructions."

EC requests member states don't go 'above and beyond' 

Sweden has been criticized in the past by the European Commission for cosmetic regulations that go over and above what the Cosmetics Directive demands.

The Commission has even had to send a ‘Reasoned Opinion’ asking Sweden to comply with European law in recent years.

Related topics: Regulation & Safety

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