Octocrylene and Benzophenone-3 restrictions and Commission Regulation (EU) 2022/1176

Octocrylene (CAS no 6197-30-4) and Benzophenone-3 (CAS no 131-57-7) are currently authorized as UV filters in cosmetic products. Due to concerns related to potential endocrine disrupting properties, the Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety (SCCS) carried out a safety assessment for both substances (SCCS/1627/21 and SCCS/1625/20).

The result of these assessments is that their level must be reduced to ensure the safety of consumers, as reported here below:   

Octocrylene

Current LimitationsFuture limitations
Max. 10% in all productsMax. 9% in propellant spray products
Max. 10% in other products

Benzophenone-3

Current LimitationsFuture limitations
Max. 6% in all products
Max. 0.5% when it is used to protect product formulation
The warning “contains Benzophenone-3” must be labelled when Benzophenone-3 is present at more than 0.5%
Max. 6% in face, lip and hand products, excluding propellant and pump spray products
Max. 2.2% in body products, including propellant and pump spray products
Max. 0.5% in other products Max. 0.5% when it is used to protect product formulation
The warning “contains Benzophenone-3” must be labelled when Benzophenone-3 is present at more than 0.5%

For more information about the regulation restricting the use of Octocrylene (CAS no 6197- 30-4) and Benzophenone-3 (CAS no 131-57-7), issued in July 2022, please contact us at info@biorius.com or at my personal email here below. Our experts are here to help!

You can find more detailed information on the COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2022/1176 of 7 July 2022 amending Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the use of certain UV filters in cosmetic products.

The amendment deadlines are as following:

  • From the 28th of January 2023 only products complying with the new restrictions can be placed on the Union Market.
  • From the 28th of July 2023 only products complying with the new restrictions can be further made available on the Union Market.

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