Use of 24 substances restricted in hair dyes
By Sophie Petitjean | Thursday 30 August 2012
The European Commission has decided to restrict the use of an additional 24 substances in hair dyes and to ban HC Red No 16 in cosmetics. On 2 August, it adopted an implementing directive (2012/21/EU, see OJ L 208) amending the annexes of Directive 76/768/EEC relating to the composition, labelling and packaging of cosmetics.
This initiative is in keeping with the overall strategy of assessing and regulating hair dyes, which requires the cosmetics industry to substantiate the safety of all substances used in dyes with updated data, focusing primarily on their potentially toxic properties. Since 2003, when the strategy was adopted, the Commission has banned the use of 180 substances in hair dyes and restricted the use of another 52.
The new implementing directive, which entered into force on 23 August, limits the use of another 24 substances based on the safety data and final opinions issued by the EU’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS). It also adds the substance HC Red No 16 to the Annex II list, ie substances prohibited in the composition of cosmetics. It specifies that all laws, regulations and administrative provisions required to comply with the new rules must be adopted by 1 March 2013 and implemented from 1 September 2013.
The SCCS must now issue its opinion on a last batch of 45 substances, after which the Commission is expected to propose appropriate regulatory measures.