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Consumers (13-02-2014)

Public consultation on fragrance allergens

The European Commission is launching today a public consultation on changes to the Cosmetics Regulation concerning fragrance allergens. The Consultation will run until 14 May 2014.

The Cosmetics Regulation provides that perfume and aromatic compositions and their raw materials shall be referred to, in the list of ingredients, by the word 'parfum' or 'aroma'. However, for 26 fragrance allergens, included in Annex III to the Cosmetics Regulation, the obligation of individual labelling is provided. Annex II to the Cosmetics Regulation lists substances which are prohibited in the cosmetic product.

The Commission’s proposal, on which consultation is being sought, includes subjecting additional allergens to the obligation of individual labelling on the packaging. This will be achieved through adding more substances to Annex III of the Cosmetics Regulation.

The proposal also includes a prohibition of three allergens found to be unsafe: HICC, atranol and chloroatranol. These three substances will be added to Annex II, which lists substances prohibited in cosmetic products.