EC banning 20+ more hazardous chemicals in cosmetics

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The European Commission has issued its fourth update to the regulation prohibiting and/or restricting carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR) chemicals in cosmetics [Getty Images]
The European Commission has issued its fourth update to the regulation prohibiting and/or restricting carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR) chemicals in cosmetics [Getty Images]

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The European Commission (EC) has extended its list of prohibited carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR) chemicals in cosmetics following extensive consultations with its Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) and other interested parties.

The Commission has added a total of 23 CMR chemicals to its prohibited substances list under Article 15 of the Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009​ due to their “long-term and serious effects on human health”. ​Banned CMRs include Pyrithione zinc, Silicon carbide fibres and Flurochloridone.

Announced last Friday, the ban was set to come into force on March 1, 2022 for all cosmetic products on the EU market – imported and EU-made – and marked the fourth annual update to the regulation restricting and/or prohibiting the use of CMR substances in cosmetic products; part of the CMR Omnibus IV regulation that was drafted on June 18, 2021.

“Over the years, the EU has significantly reduced citizen’s exposure to harmful chemicals. The Commission constantly evaluates how to further enhance the protection of consumers based on technical and scientific progress,”​ the European Commission said in a statement.

Full details on the EU regulation on CMRs can be found here​.

Full list of 23 prohibited CMRs

Below is the full list of 23 CMR substances set to be banned from March 1, 2022. The table, provided by the European Commission, includes the chemical name, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS number) and European Community (EC) number.

Substance identification

 

Chemical name/INN

CAS number

EC number

Silicon carbide fibres (with diameter < 3 μm, length > 5 μm and aspect ratio ≥ 3:1)

409-21-2

308076-74-6

206-991-8

Tris(2-methoxyethoxy) vinylsilane; 6-(2-methoxyethoxy)- 6-vinyl-2,5,7,10-tetraoxa-6-silaundecane

1067-53-4

213-934-0

Dioctyltin dilaurate; [1]

stannane, dioctyl-, bis (coco acyloxy) derivs. [2]

3648-18-8 [1]

91648- 39-4 [2]

222-883-3 [1]

293-901-5 [2]

Dibenzo[def,p]chrysene; dibenzo[a,l]pyrene

191-30-0

205-886-4

Ipconazole (ISO); (1RS,2SR,5RS;1RS,2SR,5SR)-2-(4-chlorobenzyl)-5-isopropyl-1- (1H-1,2,4-triazol-1-ylmethyl)cyclopentanol

125225-28-7

115850-69-6

115937-89-8

-

Bis(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethyl)ether; tetraglyme

143-24-8

205-594-7

Paclobutrazol (ISO); (2RS,3RS)-1-(4-chlorophenyl)-4,4-dimethyl- 2-(1H-1,2,4-triazol-1- yl)pentan-3-ol

76738-62-0

-

2,2-bis(bromomethyl) propane-1,3-diol

 

3296-90-0

221-967-7

2-(4-tert-butylbenzyl) propionaldehyde

 

80-54-6

201-289-8

Diisooctyl phthalate

27554-26-3

248-523-5

2-methoxyethyl acrylate

3121-61-7

221-499-3

Sodium N-(hydroxymethyl)glycinate; [formaldehyde released from sodium N-(hydroxymethyl)glycinate]

if the maximum theoretical concentration of releasable formaldehyde, irrespective of the source, in the mixture as placed on the market is ≥ 0,1 % w/w

70161-44-3

274-357-8

Pyrithione zinc; (T-4)- bis[1-(hydroxy-.kappa.O)pyridine-2(1H)- thionato-.kappa.S]zinc

13463-41-7

236-671-3

Flurochloridone (ISO); 3-chloro-4-(chloromethyl)-1-[3-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl]pyrrolidin-2-one

61213-25-0

262-661-3

3-(difluoromethyl)-1- methyl-N-(3',4',5'-trifluorobiphenyl-2-yl) pyrazole-4-carboxamide; fluxapyroxad

907204-31-3

-

N-(hydroxymethyl)acrylamide; methylolacrylamide; [NMA]

924-42-5

213-103-2

5-fluoro-1,3-dimethyl-N-[2-(4- methylpentan-2-yl) phenyl]-1H-pyrazole- 4-carboxamide; 2'- [(RS)-1,3-dimethylbutyl]-5-fluoro-1,3-dimethylpyrazole-4-carboxanilide; penflufen

494793-67-8

-

Iprovalicarb (ISO); isopropyl [(2S)-3- methyl-1-{[1-(4- methylphenyl)ethyl] amino}-1-oxobutan-2- yl]carbamate

140923-17-7

-

Dichlorodioctylstannane

3542-36-7

222-583-2

Mesotrione (ISO); 2-[4-(methylsulfonyl)- 2-nitrobenzoyl]-1,3- cyclohexanedione

104206-82-8

-

Hymexazol (ISO); 3-hydroxy-5-methylisoxazole

10004-44-1

233-000-6

Imiprothrin (ISO); reaction mass of: [2,4- dioxo-(2-propyn-1-yl) imidazolidin-3-yl] methyl(1R)-cis-chrysanthemate; [2,4-dioxo-(2-propyn-1-yl) imidazolidin-3-yl] methyl(1R)-trans-chrysanthemate

72963-72-5

428-790-6

Bis(α,α-dimethylbenzyl) peroxide

80-43-3;

201-279-3’

Trade association Cosmetics Europe told CosmeticsDesign-Europe it supported the annual CMR Omnibus process that this latest update formed a part of, noting it was a "predictable" ​process and "method of ensuring alignment between different pieces of legislation".

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