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BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene)

SCCS opinion on Butylated hydroxytoluene

BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene) (CAS No 128-37-0, EC No 204-881-4) is part of the priority list and the Scientific Council on Consumer Products (SCCS) published its opinion on BHT on December 2nd, 2021.

On the basis of a safety assessment, and considering the concerns related to potential endocrine-disrupting properties of BHT, the SCCS is of the opinion that BHT is safe as an ingredient up to a maximum concentration of:

  • 0.1% in toothpaste
  • 0.001% in mouthwash
  • 0.8% in other leave-on and rinse-off cosmetic products

The European Commission is currently drafting a regulation amending the Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009, to include the maximum percentages mentioned in the SCCS opinion into the Annex III of the European Cosmetic Regulation.

Applications dates of this future draft regulation are still under discussion but could be as short as:

  • 6 months for placing compliant products on the market
  • 12 months for withdrawing product not compliant from the market

For more information please contact your dedicated CRM (Customer Relationship Manager).


  • Frédéric Lebreux

    Dr. Frédéric Lebreux is Biorius's Chief Executive Officer and has worked in the cosmetic industry for more than 13 years. He is regularly invited as a speaker or Professor to cosmetic events.

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