SCCS

The SCCS has just published its Opinion on cosmetic ingredients derived from Vitamin A: Retinol, Retinyl acetate, and Retinyl palmitate. It has been adopted by written procedure on 20 April 2016, and is open for comments until June 21, 2016. [Read more ]
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April 11, 2016 SCCS
Phenoxyethanol is safe, says SCCS

The European Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has just published its Opinion on Phenoxyethanol. It has been adopted at the plenary meeting on 16 March 2016, and is open for comments until May 31, 2016. Conclusion: this preservative is safe in cosmetics, at the current maximum... [Read more ]

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July 9, 2015 SCCS
Methylisothiazolinone does not pass the examination of SCCS

On June 25, 2015, during its 10th plenary meeting, the SCCS has adopted its Opinion on the cosmetic ingredient Methylisothiazolinone, as a preservative in rinse-off products and leave-on hair products. This Opinion is open for comments until September 8, 2015. [Read more ]

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June 1, 2015 SCCS
Nano silica: Opinion of the SCCS

On March 20, 2015, the SCCS has adopted by written procedure its Opinion on the nano forms of the cosmetic ingredients Silica, Hydrated silica, and Silica Surface Modified with Alkyl Silylates. This Opinion is open for comments until June 26, 2015. [Read more ]

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March 30, 2015 SCCS
Arbutin(s): three requests for Opinion to SCCS

Deoxyarbutin, α-Arbutin, β-Arbutin: the safety of these three cosmectic depigmentating and skin bleaching agents will be evaluated by the SCCS. The request from the European Commission was published on 26 March 2015. The problem is that these three substances may release or transform... [Read more ]

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January 26, 2015 SCCS
SCCS: Vetiveryl acetate is unsafe

During its meeting on 16 December 2014, the SCCS has adopted its Opinion on Vetiveryl acetate. Conclusion: inadequate data which not allow a safety assessment, a genotoxic potential… the substance in not safe for use in cosmetic products. [Read more ]

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January 7, 2015 SCCS
SCCS: 3 requests for Opinion

Methylisothiazolinone (following a submission by Cosmetics Europe for rinse-off products and leave-on hair products), Dichloromethane, and sunscreen Methylene bis-benzotriazolyl tetramethylbutylphenol (following a submission by BASF for the use of nano forms): the safety of these three cosmetic... [Read more ]

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July 9, 2014 SCCS
Aluminum: the SCCS revises... and confirms its Opinion

On 27 March 2014, the SCCS published its Opinion on aluminium in cosmetic products… and did not take a stand. After the commenting period of six weeks, the experts revised their text… without changing a comma to its conclusion. [Read more ]

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April 24, 2014 SCCS
SCCS: 7 requests for scientific Opinions

Phenoxyethanol, o-Phenylphenol, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Cyclopentasiloxane, Formaldehyde, Eyelashes dyes, Acid Orange 7… The SCCS has just received seven requests for scientific Opinions. Details. [Read more ]

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April 15, 2014 SCCS
Aluminium: the SCCS will not take a stand

It took several alarming scientific reports and just as many heated debates for this topic to receive attention at the European level. At this stage, we were expecting the experts to (finally) state a clear position on the safety of aluminium in cosmetic products and to provide safe usage... [Read more ]

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December 19, 2013 SCCS
Methylisothiazolinone soon to be banned from leave-on cosmetics

The noose was gradually tightening around this preservative, known for provoking more and more allergic reactions. The case had been submitted to the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) for it to make a ruling. And the decision has just been made: Methylisothiazolinone has been deemed... [Read more ]

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October 7, 2013 SCCS
SCCS: Henna OK, 2-Chloro-p-phenylenediamine refused

The European Committee of experts, the SCCS, has just released two new Opinions about cosmetic hair dyes. It considers Henna as safe for use (and that there is no need for animal-testing, in spite of the request by France), but the safety margin of the 2-Chloro-p-phenylenediamine as insufficient... [Read more ]

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September 26, 2013 SCCS
Methylisothiazolinone : request for an Opinion by SCCS

While a public consultation is open about the possible restriction for use of an MIT/MCIT blend, now the MIT alone is concerned by the request for its safety evaluation sent to the SCCS. Reason for the request: the sensitizing and allergenic potential of this preservative, even if used alone. [Read more ]

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September 24, 2013 SCCS
Aluminum to be evaluated by Europe

The scientific debate over the risks linked to using aluminum in cosmetic products is to come to a new phase. Following the evaluation by the French Affsaps (now, ANSM) in 2011, which concluded to the existence of a risk to consumers’ health, and a Norwegian report showing the excessive... [Read more ]

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June 5, 2013 SCCS
Parabens: the European experts confirm their opinion

Since October 2012, the opinion was hoped for March 2013. In fact, the SCCS needed some time more before releasing its complementary opinion on Butyl- and Propylparaben, with a specific attention brought to sunscreens for young children. Conclusion: the experts confirm their previous... [Read more ]

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October 31, 2012 SCCS
Parabens: a new European evaluation

Indeed, the debate on parabens is far from over! A complementary element to add to their already bad track record: a new evaluation of two of them, to be given by the European Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS). The focus is the safety of the products designed for children under three. [Read more ]

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August 1, 2012 SCCS
Cosmetics: soon, far more

The European Commission has just released the Opinion of its Experts Committee on the fragrance allergens in cosmetics. This document dramatically lengthens the list of the substances designated as allergens, accompanying them with restrictions for use and obligations of declaration on the... [Read more ]

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December 29, 2011 SCCS
Allergens in cosmetics: to a more stringent European regulation?

In order to prevent and lower the allergies due to cosmetics, 26 substances, recorded as allergens shall be declared on the list of ingredients written on labels. This list may be soon modified, with additional restrictions for use to come. At least, this is a view promoted by the European... [Read more ]