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Formaldehyde releasers

Date of update Deadline Content of update Reference Source Obelis articles
08/07/2022 31/07/2024 - 31/07/2026 All finished products containing preservatives and which release formaldehyde shall be labelled with the warning “releases formaldehyde” where the total concentration of formaldehyde released in the finished product exceeds 0,001 % (10 ppm), irrespective of whether the finished product contains one or more substances releasing formaldehyde. Deadlines: 31/07/2024 for placing on the market and 31/07/2026 for making available on the market. Commission Regulation (EU) 2022/1181 of 8 July 2022 amending the preamble of Annex V to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products EC
07/05/2021 NA The SCCS considers that the present threshold does not sufficiently protect consumers sensitized to formaldehyde from exposure to free formaldehyde from formaldehyde releasers. Reducing the present threshold by a factor of 50, that is, to 0.001% (10 ppm), will protect the vast majority of consumers sensitised to formaldehyde. This threshold applies to the total free formaldehyde irrespective of whether a product contains one or more formaldehyde releasers. TBC Further restrictions will highly likely be adopted following this opinion. SCCS Scientific Advice 1632/21 EC Is the 0,05% threshold for the warning "contains formaldehyde” safe for consumers?