Commission to restrict HEMA, Di-HEMA use in nail products


The European Commission has proposed rules restricting the use of sensitisers HEMA and Di-HEMA in nail products to professionals only under the EU cosmetic products Regulation.

The draft amendment to Annex III of the Regulation follows a 2018 Opinion from the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) that the substances pose a risk of sensitisation from misuse, inappropriately carried out application or unintentional contamination of the skin adjacent to the nails.

Nail products containing the chemicals should carry the statement ‘for professional use only’ on the package, the Commission said. They should also have the warning ‘can cause an allergic reaction’.

The full chemical names of the sensitisers are:

2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA); and

11,14-dioxa-2,9-diazaheptadec-16-enoic acid, 4,4,6,16-tetramethyl-10,15-dioxo,2-[(2-methyl-1-oxo-2- propenyl)oxy]ethyl ester (Di-HEMA trimethylhexyl dicarbamate or Di-HEMA TMHDC).

The amendment will enter into force 20 days after publication in the EU Official Journal. It will apply in all EU member states.

Chemical Watch, 31 March 2020