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UNITED KINGDOM - FUTURE RESTRICTION AND THE UPDATE OF ITS LIST OF SUBSTANCES

Updated: Nov 21, 2023

On October 27, the United Kingdom informed the World Trade Organization (WTO) of draft regulations limiting the use of BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene; CAS: 128-37-0).




THE UNITED KINGDOM AND ITS PROPOSAL TO RESTRICT THE USE OF BHT COSMETICS

The proposed restriction is in line with the EU Cosmetic Regulation for BHT. In addition, an additional restriction is proposed for leave on oral care products, setting a limit of 0.001% compared to the EU regulation. This measure complies with established standards and aims to ensure the safety and quality of rinse-free oral care products on the market.

On October 27, the United Kingdom informed the World Trade Organization (WTO) of draft regulations limiting the use of BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene; CAS: 128-37-0).


The maximum concentrations established by this draft are as follows:

  1. Toothpastes: 0.1%.

  2. Mouthwashes: 0.001%.

  3. Leave on" oral care products: 0.001%.

  4. Other leave on and rinse off products: 0.8%.

Cosmetic products that do not comply with this restriction in the UK:


  1. May not be placed on the market as of October 6, 2024.

  2. May not be placed on the market as of February 6, 2025.


UPDATE OF ITS LIST OF SUBSTANCES CLASSIFIED UNDER THE CLP

At the end of October, the United Kingdom updated its CLP Regulation and GB MCL (Great Britain Mandatory Classification and Labelling).

The CLP Regulation and the GB MCL play a crucial role in identifying and communicating the hazards associated with the use of chemicals. By providing appropriate classification and labeling, valuable information is provided to workers, consumers and the general public, enabling them to make informed decisions and take appropriate safety measures.


This update consists of a total of 98 substances, including some with INCI designations, which are intended to align with the latest Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP) in Europe.


These are substances with cosmetic interest:


  • Azadirachta Indica Seed Extract

  • Benzophenone

  • Benzyl Salicylate

  • Citric Acid

  • Cumene

  • p-Cymene

  • Dibromocyanoacetamide

  • Isobornyl Acrylate

  • Isophorone Diamine

  • Limonene

  • Melamine

  • Methyl Salicylate

  • Methylene Di-T-Butylcresol

  • MIBK

  • Phenoxyethanol

  • Piperonyl Butoxide

  • Theophylline

  • Trimethylolpropane Triacrylate

  • Xylene Diisocyanat




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