Important Changes to the European Union Cosmetic Regulations

Just recently announced, the European Commission has officially banned the use of Methylisothiazolinone (MI) in leave-on cosmetic products.

In the beginning of 2016, the European Union (EU) notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) that it was intending to ban the use of Methylisothiazolinone as a preservative in leave-on cosmetic products. Previously, MI was allowed as a preservative in cosmetic products at a maximum concentration of 100 parts per million (ppm).

The ban will be enforced 20 days after final publication in the Official Journal of the European Union, which is expected to be issued in mid-August. The ban will apply to all leave-on cosmetic products six months after the issue date. This change in regulation can now be found in Annex V of the Cosmetic Regulations which gives the industry until February 12, 2017 to make the necessary changes to formulations and remove non-compliant products from market shelves.

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