EU executive notifies WTO of UV-filter ban

The European Commission has notified the World Trade Organisation (WTO) of its intention to prohibit the use of 3-benzylidene-camphor (3-BC) as a UV filter and UV absorber in cosmetic products. An assessment conducted by the EU executive’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) concluded last year that the substance is not safe for use, due to its oestrogenic, anti-oestrogenic and anti-androgenic effects. The substance will be deleted from the list of authorised UV filters in Annex VI of the EU cosmetic products Regulation (CPR), and added to the list of prohibited substances in Annex II. The proposed date of adoption for the Regulation defining these actions is May 2015. The WTO will accept comments on the proposal until 19 January 2015. Further information is available at: WTO notification

Chemical Watch, 21 November 2014 ; ;