June 8, 2022 – As of June 3, 2022, hair and eyelash dye products with the following ingredients shall not be made available (supplied for distribution or final use) on the EU market:
- 4-Amino-3-hydroxytoluene; and
- 2-[(4-Amino-2-nitrophenyl)-amino]-benzoic acid.
This is the last stage in the implementation of the Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1683 of November 12, 2020. In fact, from September 3, 2021, hair and eyelash dyes containing the above substances cannot be placed on the EU market. Placing a product on the market means making it available for the first time.
The Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1683 also includes restrictions and labelling warnings for additional eight ingredients when used in dye cosmetic products. Read more about it in our previous article.
Regulation (EU) 2020/1683 is the result of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) assessment of several raw materials used in dye products, following a scientific study published in 2001 about the health risks related to permanent hair dyes.
In light of this, the SCCS evaluated 1,2,4-Trihydroxybenzene, 4-Amino-3-hydroxytoluene, and 2-[(4-Amino-2-nitrophenyl)-amino]-benzoic acid and concluded that they are not safe when used in hair and eyelash dye products. The related opinions are SCCS/1598/18, SCCS/1400/11, and SCCS/1497/12. You can consult all SCCS opinions in the Library of Documents.
The European Commission acknowledged the SCCS conclusions and added the three substances to Annex II to the EU Cosmetics Regulation, which is the list of ingredients prohibited for use in cosmetic products.
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- European Commission. (2020). Commission Regulation (EU) 2020/1683 of 12 November 2020 amending Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products. Retrieved on 03/06/2022 from https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32020R1683&from=EN