EU Proposes 11 Changes to Cosmetic Ingredient Lists, Including Prohibition and Restrictions on 9 Substances

Jun. 30th, 2023
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The EU introduced 11 changes to the ingredient lists in Cosmetics Regulation, including: 1) Adding one prohibited ingredient, and eight restricted ingredients; 2) Amending the use requirements for two permitted preservatives.

On June 8, 2023, EU notified WTO of a draft regulation that aims at revising the ingredient lists in Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 (Cosmetics Regulation). The draft proposes to prohibit and restrict the use of certain cosmetic ingredients respectively, following the opinions from the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS), and is open for comments until August 7, 2023.

List of Prohibited Ingredients: One Added


4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor (CAS No. 36861-47-9 / 38102-62-4) is currently regulated under the Cosmetics Regulation as a permitted UV-filter. As per opinion SCCS/1640/21, the use of this substance in cosmetics was potentially risky to human health. Therefore, the draft proposes to prohibit its use, and delete the corresponding entry from the list of permitted UV-filters.

List of Restricted Ingredients: Eight Added


  1. Genisteol 4′,5,7- Trihydroxyisoflavone, Genistein
  2. Daidzeol 7,4′- Dihydroxyisoflavone, Daidzein
  3. 5-Hydroxy-2- (hydroxymethyl)-4H- pyrane-4-one, Kojic Acid
  4. (2E,4E,6E,8E)-3,7- dimethyl-9-(2,6,6-trimethylcyclohexen-1- yl)nona-2,4,6,8- tetraen-1-ol, Retinol
  5. [(2E,4E,6E,8E)-3,7- dimethyl-9-(2,6,6-trimethylcyclohexen-1- yl)nona-2,4,6,8-tetraenyl] acetate, Retinyl Acetate
  6. [(2E,4E,6E,8E)-3,7- dimethyl-9-(2,6,6-trimethylcyclohexen-1-yl)nona-2,4,6,8-tetraenyl hexadecanoate, Retinyl Palmitate
  7. 4-Hydroxyphenyl-alpha-D-glucopyranoside, Alpha-Arbutin
  8. 4-Hydroxyphenyl-beta- D-glucopyranoside, Arbutin

List of Permitted Preservatives: Two Revised


Triclosan and Triclocarban are two preservatives permitted for use in cosmetics. In response to concerns related to their potential endocrine-disrupting properties, SCCS assessed their use in cosmetics and released its final advice in October 2022. According to SCCS, the use of Triclosan and Triclocarban in cosmetics may endanger human health under certain conditions. In light of this advice, the draft proposes to further restrict their use by revising their applicable product types, and introducing additional labeling requirements.

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