SCCS publishes draft opinions on cosmetic chemicals

The European CommissionÂ’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has published opinions on kojic acid, benzisothiazolinone and nitrosamines used in cosmetic products and balloons. Kojic acid (5-hydroxy-2-hydroxymethyl-4-pyrone) is used in cosmetic products as a skin lightener. Available data suggests that the chemical is safe at a concentration of 1% in leave-on creams applied to the face and hands, says the SCCS. Benzisothiazolinone is a preservative currently not listed in Annex VI of the cosmetics Directive and therefore not permitted for use in cosmetics. Cosmetics Europe had requested the inclusion of the chemical in Annex VI. The SCCS considers the chemical safe for use as a preservative in cosmetic products at a concentration up to 0.01%. However, it does voice a concern over its sensitising potential, which could lead to skin reactions. The nitrosamine opinion covers estimates of lifetime cancer incidence for N-nitrosodiethanolamine (NDELA) is cosmetic products. The opinions are now open for comment until 24 August 2012. A copy of the scientific opinions are available at: SCCS opinions

Chemical Watch, 12 July 2012 ; ;