Review of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 on cosmetic products with regard to substances with endocrine-disrupting properties

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Series Details (2018) 739, 7.11.2018
Publication Date 07/11/2018
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On 7 November 2018 the European Commission presented a report on the review of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 (the 'Cosmetics Regulation') with regard to endocrine disruptors.

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In order to ensure a high level of protection of human health, the Cosmetics Regulation lays down a system of restrictions on the use of certain substances in cosmetics. Certain categories of ingredients (i.e. colorants, preservatives and UV-filters) can only be used in cosmetic products if they have been authorised through their inclusion in the respective positive lists of the Cosmetics Regulation. Other ingredients can be used in cosmetics without authorisation. If there are identified risks to human health, ingredients can be prohibited or restricted from use in cosmetics.

Specific rules under Article 15 of the Cosmetics Regulation apply to the use in cosmetic products of substances which have been classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic. The Regulation does not have any specific provisions for endocrine disruptors. However chemical substances with adverse effects to the environment are taken care of under the REACH Regulation where they can be, for example, subjected to authorisations or restrictions. This includes chemical substances with endocrine-disrupting properties used in cosmetics which can be subject to regulatory measures under REACH if they have adverse effects on the environment.

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ESO: Communication: Towards a comprehensive European Union framework on endocrine disruptors

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