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  • Writer's pictureDaniel Jiménez

Important regulatory change in the European Union for cosmetic products!

January 5, 2024 marked a significant regulatory development in the European Union with the publication of the 21st Adjustment to Technical Progress, better known as EU Regulation 2024/197. This regulation brings with it key amendments to the annexes of CLP Regulation EU 1272/2008, especially with regard to the classification of certain ingredients used in nail products.

Two ingredients in particular have grabbed the attention of the cosmetic and regulatory industry: Dimethyltolylamine (CAS 99-97-8) and TPO (Trimethylbenzoyldiphenylphosphine oxide CAS 75980-60-8). Both have been classified as CMR, i.e. substances that are carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction. This classification means that products containing either of these ingredients will be subject to significant restrictions.


Under the new regulation, cosmetic products containing either of these two ingredients will be banned from the European market as of February 1, 2025. This measure, which seeks to protect the health and safety of consumers, will require manufacturers to withdraw affected products from the market before the established deadline.


This regulatory update reflects the European Union's continued commitment to consumer protection and the regulation of cosmetic products, ensuring that the highest safety standards are in place at all times. Manufacturers and players in the cosmetics sector are being called upon to take proactive measures to comply with these new regulations and ensure the compliance of their products before the deadline.


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