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Eurofins | April 2019 regulatory Newsflash compilation | Cosmetics & Personal Care

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Eurofins newsflash Cosmetics and Personal Care




Recent SCCS Opinions on Cosmetics


Following some recent Opinions of Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS):


Request for a final version on:


Final opinion on cosmetic ingredients:


Preliminary opinions open for comments:





Standards Updates


Below a summary table with some recent standards updates and upcoming dates of withdrawal (non-exhaustive):


(*) Date of withdrawal: latest date by which national standards conflicting with an EN (and HD for CENELEC) have to be withdrawn.


(**) Date of availability: date when the definitive text in the official language versions of an approved CEN/CENELEC publication is distributed by the Central Secretariat.




Date of Withdrawal (*)


EN ISO 11930:2019

Cosmetics - Microbiology - Evaluation of the antimicrobial protection of a cosmetic product (ISO 11930:2019).


EN ISO 11930:2012



Date of Availability (**)


CEN ISO/TS 19590:2019

Nanotechnologies - Size distribution and concentration of inorganic nanoparticles in aqueous media via single particle inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ISO/TS 19590:2017).






Proposal to remove toluene in nail products


In March 2019, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) published a draft technical document, Product-Chemical Profile for Nail Products Containing Toluene ( Discussion draft- March 2019).


Within this document DTSC describes the scientific, regulatory, and policy bases to list nail products that contain toluene. This point has become their priority under its Safer Consumer Products program due to found levels of toluene in indoor air of nail salons and in the breathing zones of nail salon workers.


The aim is that manufacturers eliminate the use of this substance in their products.


Click here for more information from DTSC’s website.




First amendment to regulations concerning the hygiene supervision over cosmetics


On March 2nd 2019, the first amendment to the Regulations concerning the hygiene supervision over cosmetics was issued by the State Council.


In this revision, Chapter 15 was amended to “When a special use cosmetic product is imported for the first time, it is required to submit to the Health Administrative Department under the State Council the relevant information such as the specifications, the quality standard, and the method of testing, and a sample of that special use cosmetic together with a production license issued by the official department of the exporting country (or region). Only after an approval by the Cosmetic Administrative Department under the State Council is obtained can the importing unit sign the import contract.”


The complete notification can be found here (in Chinese).




Regulatory updates


Below a summary table with some recent regulation proposals notified to World Trade Organization:


Notification number





Regulation on Cosmetic Inspection in Registration and Filing.



Regulations Governing Criteria for the Label, Promotion and Advertisement of Cosmetic Products Identifying False, Exaggerated or Having Medical Efficacy.



Specified cosmetic categories shall comply with cosmetics Good Manufacturing Practice Regulations.



Sunscreen Drug Products for Over-the-Counter Human Use.


Product Recalls / Alerts


Below you will find a monthly summary of product recalls and alerts in Europe (Source “RAPEX”) and in the US (Source “CPSC”).




RAPEX (European Commission Rapid Alert System for dangerous non-food products – Alerts reported by EU national authorities).


The following 12 alerts regarding cosmetic products have been reported, from week 8 until week 11 of 2019.


Type of Risk

Number of alerts






Creams: contain chemicals with potential endocrine disrupting properties such as Isobutylparaben and Butylparaben.

Mineral Mouthwash Solution: contains Active chlorine that is a respiratory tract and skin irritant.

Hair gel:  contains allergenic and sensitization substances such as the mixture of the preservatives methylchloroisothiazolinone (MCI) and methylisothiazolinone (MI).

Perfume contains allergenic and sensitization fragrances as:

  • Butylphenyl methylpropional
  • Benzyl salicylate
  • Linalool
  • Coumarin
  • Citronellol
  • Alpha-isomethyl ionone.
  • Hexyl cinnamal
  • Hydroxycitronellal
  • Hydroxyisohexyl 3–cyclohexene carboxaldehyde
  • D-limonene
  • Hexyl cinnamate
  • Geraniol
  • Eugenol
  • Benzyl benzoate
  • Benzyl alcohol
  • Isoeugenol




From on 21st February to 20th March 2019, CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) has published the following recalls: 0 recalls regarding cosmetic products.