EU SCCS Seeks Public Input on Proposed Opinions for Butylparaben and Methylparaben
On June 8, 2023, EU Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) published preliminary opinions respectively on the use of Butylparaben (CAS No. 94-26-8) and Methylparaben (CAS No. 99-76-3) in cosmetics. The views are open for comments until August 21, 2023.
Endocrine disruptors (EDs) are chemical substances that can alter the functioning of the endocrine system and consequently produce adverse effects on human health. Regarding the management of EDs, Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 (Cosmetics Regulation) does not contain specific provisions. Instead, substances identified as EDs, including Butylparaben and Methylparaben, are currently subject to the general safety assessment of SCCS. To ensure their safe use in cosmetics, the European Commission requested SCCS to conduct safety assessments on Butylparaben and Methylparaben.
Based on the assessments of all available information, including the potential endocrine effects, SCCS considers the use of Butylparaben and Methylparaben in cosmetics to be safe as shown below:
- SCCS—Preliminary Opinion Open for Comments on Butylparaben (Deadline: 21 August 2023)
- SCCS—Preliminary Opinion Open for Comments on Methylparaben (Deadline: 21 August 2023)
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