An update from the office for Product Safety and Standards – OPSS concerning statutory instrument – SI – amending:

Annex II – Prohibited Substances and Annex III – Restricted Substances, of the UK Cosmetics Regulation.
  • Tetrahydropyranyloxy Phenol (Deoxyarbutin) is added to Annex II of the UK Cosmetics Regulation and therefore banned for use in cosmetic products. The placing on the market deadline is 15 December 2022 and the making available on the market deadline (off-shelf) is 15 March 2023.
  • Salicylic Acid is added to Annex III o the UK Cosmetics Regulation and restricted for use in cosmetic products (not as a preservative) at the below concentrations:
    • – Maximum 3% in rinse-off cosmetics
    • – Maximum 2% in other products except body lotion, eye shadow, mascara, eyeliner, lipstick, roll-on deodorant.
  • The placing on the market deadline is 15 December 2022 and the making available on the market deadline (off-shelf) is 15 March 2023.
  • CMR ingredients included in the EU 3rd and 4th CMR Omnibus Regulations are added to Annex II of the UK Cosmetics Regulation, with the exclusion of salicylic acid (see above). Titanium Dioxide will be re-assessed by SAG-CS at a later stage. The placing on the market deadline is 15 October 2022 and the making available on the market deadline (off-shelf) is 15th December 2022.
  • As a reminder, the following is relevant cosmetic ingredients affected:
    • – Butylphenyl Methylpropional (fragrance ingredient BMHCA ‘Lilial’)
    • – Methoxyethyl acrylate
    • – Preservative Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (SHMG)
    • – Preservative and Anti-Dandruff ingredient Zinc Pyrithione (ZnPT)
The table below addresses the points of divergence between the Annexes of the EU Cosmetics Regulation and the UK Cosmetics Regulation: