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Draft to Modify the Hazard Classification of Substances in the EU

Updated: Mar 5


Draft to Modify the Hazard Classification of Substances in the EU Presented to the World Trade Organization (WTO)
Draft to Modify the Hazard Classification of Substances in the EU Presented to the World Trade Organization (WTO)

The draft affects 40 substances, including 14 present in cosmetics, four of which have CMR classification.

On January 18, the European Union submitted a draft regulation to the World Trade Organization (WTO), aimed at modifying the hazard classification of 40 substances. This regulatory move has significant implications, particularly in the cosmetics industry, as 14 of these substances are present in personal care products.


The highlight of this project is that four of the 14 substances mentioned have been classified as CMR, i.e. carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction. This change in classification implies the need to obtain a positive opinion from the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety in order to continue using these substances in cosmetic products.

The proposed revision seeks to ensure consumer safety and raise protection standards in the EU. However, it also poses challenges for the cosmetics industry, which will have to adjust to the new regulations and possibly reformulate its products to meet the established safety criteria.


The review and possible approval process is expected to take considerable time, as it involves the detailed assessment of risks and benefits to public health and consumer safety. In the meantime, stakeholders will closely follow the development of this proposal and participate in the public consultation process to ensure that all relevant concerns and considerations are adequately addressed.




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