Now it will be easier to avoid formaldehyde in cosmetics


Now many more cosmetic products must be labeled with a warning if they release the allergenic substance formaldehyde. The new change to the cosmetics regulations comes after several years of pressure from Denmark.

From now on, cosmetics must be labeled with a warning if the products contain substances that release formaldehyde above a limit of 0.001 percent. The EU has just adopted this. The limit value will thus be 50 times lower than the current 0.05 percent.

Formaldehyde is banned in cosmetics, but preservatives that release formaldehyde are still allowed to be used. Therefore, Denmark has long worked to have the labeling requirements changed so that it is easier for consumers to avoid cosmetics that contain the allergenic substance.

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The Danish Environmental Protection Agency, 30-08-22