EU to Ban 23 New CMR Cosmetics Substances

Ban Cmr Cosmetics Substances

The European Commission published Commission Regulation (EU) 2021/1902, amending the annexes of the cosmetics regulation 1223/2009. This regulation effectively bans 23 substances for use in cosmetic products in the EU, following their classification as CMR (Carcinogenic, Mutagenic, Reprotoxic).

This regulation covers the substances classified as CMR substances by Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1182, which amends the CLP regulation 1272/2008.

The most remarkable ban introduced by this regulation is Zinc Pyrithione, a common anti-dandruff ingredient. Even if the SCCS (Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety) issued an opinion in March 2021 finding it safe for use in cosmetics, the European Commission considers there are suitable alternatives for this ingredient, and therefore there is no reason to prevent its ban.

As was already established by Delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/1182, the prohibition of the 23 CMR ingredients, including Zinc Pyrithione, enters into force as of 1 March 2022.

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