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Currently 26 fragrance allergens needs to be indicated on the list of ingredients if present in concentrations > 0.001 in leave-on or >0.01% in rinse-off products (see Annex III of the Cosmetics Regulation).

In 2012, the SCCS has re-evaluated fragrance allergens leading to the identification of 56 additional contact allergens, 26 likely contact allergens, 48 possible contact allergens (including 13 natural extracts).

3 allergens (HICC, Atranol, Chloratranol) have been identified as extreme sensitisers, and their use in cosmetic products is not considered to be safe.

It was suggested also to label substances that may be transformed to known contact allergens by e.g. hydrolysis.

The amendment of annexes II (prohibited substances) and III (restricted substances) of the Cosmetics Regulation is expected mid 2015.

Please be aware, that these amendments may trigger the need for an update of your existing safety assessments as well as the product labelling!

New maximum allowed concentrations for Parabens

From April 16 2015 a new maximum allowed concentration of 0.14% for Propylparaben and Butylparaben does apply (formerly the maximum allowed concentrations were 0.4% when used individually and 0.8% when mixed with other esters).

Both Parabens are prohibited in leave-on products intended to be used in the nappy area of children under the age of 3.

Until Oct 16, 2015 existing stocks can remain on the shelves.