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Kojic acid



Restricted as per EC regulation 1223/2009?




Other observations

– Potential endocrine disruptor (Group A)

Date of update Deadline Content of update Reference Source Obelis articles
03/04/2024 01/02/2025 - 01/11/2025 Kojic Acid has been added to Annex III to the EU Cosmetics Regulation - the list of restricted substances. Its used is allowed in face and hand products up to a maximum concentration of 1% Commission Regulation (EU) 2024/996 EC New amendment to EU Cosmetics Regulation: Retinol and other substances banned or restricted in cosmetics
08/06/2023 N/A Based on the latest scientific opinions by the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) the proposed measures aim at: establishing restrictions in Annex III for the substance 'Kojic Acid', used as skin lightening/whitening or depigmenting agent in cosmetic products. WTO WTO
15-16/03/2022 N/A In the Final Opinion, the SCCS concluded that the use of Kojic acid as a skin lightening agent in cosmetic products is safe up to a maximum concentration of 1% in the final product. SCCS Final Opinion 1637/21 SCCS