EMEA Sun Care Regulatory Updates

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What are the sun care regulations in 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 (Escalol™ 567 UV filter)
  • Benzophenone-4 (Escalol™ 577 UV filter)
  • Benzylidene Camphor Sulfonic Acid
  • Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine (Escalol™ S UV filter)
  • Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Escalol™ 517 UV filter)
  • Camphor Benzalkonium Methosulfate
  • Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate
  • Disodium Phenyl Dibenzimidazole Tetrasulfonate
  • Drometrizole TriSiloxane
  • Ethylhexyl Dimethyl PABA (Escalol™ 507 UV filter)
  • Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Escalol™ 557 UV filter)
  • Ethylhexyl Salicylate (Escalol™ 587 UV filter)
  • Ethylhexyl Triazone
  • Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate
  • Homosalate (Escalol™ HMS UV filter)
  • Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol
  • Octocrylene (Escalol™ 597 UV filter)
  • PEG-25 PABA
  • Polyacrylamidomethyl Benzylidene Camphor
  • Polysilicone-15
  • Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid
  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Zinc Oxide
SCCS Update The SCCS (Scientific Committee that advises European Commission) has been mandated by the European Commission on certain substances with respect to opinions on endocrine disrupting properties.  The SCCS has a deadline of 9 months to publish its Scientific Opinions.  Ashland is working with our customers through the EFfCI for this initiative.  EEFCI has already submitted data for these purposes. Sept 2020: The deadline for scientific opinions on two UV filters – octocrylene and benzophenone-3 – in the EU has been extended until January 2021 (originally due November 2020).  The homosalate deadline has not been extended. 
REACH update All Escalol™ UV filters that Ashland places on the European market are REACH compliant. They are registered by Ashland, or by Ashland suppliers, or they are exempted from registration.

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