EU Updates Hair and Eyelash Dye Requirements

European Union (EU) amends Annexes II and
III of Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 on cosmetic products to update its
requirements in relation to hair and eyelash dyes.

On November 12, 2020, the European
Commission published Regulation (EU) 2020/1683 after considering opinions SCCS/1598/18,
SCCS/1497/12 and SCCS/1400/11 of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety
(SCCS). Due to the potential for genotoxic and gene mutation, the following
substances have been banned from use in hair and eyelash dye products:

  • 1,2,4-Trihydroxybenzene
  • 4-Amino-3-hydroxytoluene
  • 2-[(4-Amino-2-nitrophenyl)-amino]-benzoic

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Stakeholders should be aware of the
following dates:

  • September 3, 2021 – hair and eyelash dye products
    containing these three substances can no longer be placed onto the market in
    the EU
  • June 3,
    2022 – hair and eyelash dye products containing these three substances can no
    longer be made available in the EU

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Stakeholders should also be aware that 2-Methoxymethyl-p-Phenylenediamine
and its sulfate, currently restricted under entry 262 of Annex III in
Regulation (EC) 1223/2009, can be used safely in eyelash coloring products following
opinion SCCS/1603/18.

The European Commission has also restricted the use of the following six
substances, with appropriate maximum concentrations, for use in hair dye
products as new entries in Annex III of Regulation (EC) 1223/2009:

  1. 4-(3-aminopyrazolo[1,5-A]pyridin-2-yl)-1,1-
    dimethylpiperazin- 1-ium chloride hydrochloride
  2. 1-(3-((4-Aminophenyl)amino)propyl)-3-methyl-1H-
    imidazol-3-ium chloride hydrochloride
  3. Di-[2-[(E)-2-[4-[bis (2-hydroxyethyl)
    aminophenyl] vinyl]pyridin-1- ium]-ethyl]disulphide dimethanesulfonate
  4. Sodium 4-[(2- hydroxy-1-
    naphthyl)azo]benzene sulfonate
  5. Phenol, 4,4′-
    (4,5,6,7-tetrabromo-1,1-dioxido-3H-2,1-benzoxathiol-3-ylidene)bis[2,6- dibromo-
  6. Indigofera tinctoria, dried and
    pulverized leaves of Indigofera tinctoria L

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To fully understand the provisions and
restrictions, read our original SafeGuard 169/20.

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