EMEA Sun Care Regulatory Updates

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How are sunscreens regulated in the EU? Sun care products are considered cosmetics in the EU and are therefore regulated by the Cosmetic Products Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009. Annex VI of the Cosmetic Products Regulation lists the UV filters that are allowed in cosmetic products along with their maximum concentrations and any other conditions associated with their use.

What UV filters are allowed in EMEA? 

  • 3-Benzylidene Camphor
  • 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor
  • Benzophenone-3 (new regs regarding concentration and end use forms effective 2023)
  • Benzophenone-4 
  • Benzylidene Camphor Sulfonic Acid
  • Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine 
  • Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane 
  • Camphor Benzalkonium Methosulfate
  • Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate
  • Disodium Phenyl Dibenzimidazole Tetrasulfonate
  • Drometrizole TriSiloxane
  • Ethylhexyl Dimethyl PABA
  • Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate
  • Ethylhexyl Salicylate
  • Ethylhexyl Triazone
  • Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate
  • Homosalate (new regulations effective 2025)
  • Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol
  • Octocrylene 
  • PEG-25 PABA
  • Polyacrylamidomethyl Benzylidene Camphor
  • Polysilicone-15
  • Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Zinc Oxide

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