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Fragrance allergens labelling

Fragrance allergens labelling

The Commission services are discussing labelling additional fragrance allergens on cosmetic products.

Latest development: The new public consultation on fragrance allergens labelling is now open and closes on 11 February 2020 (midnight Brussels time).

According to Article 19 (1) Regulation No. 1223/2009 (cosmetics regulation), cosmetic products should list their ingredients on the packaging. However, perfume aromatic compositions and their raw materials are referred to as ‘parfum’ or ‘aroma’. Substances for which the cosmetics regulation provides individual labelling are an exception to this terminology. At the moment, 26 fragrance allergens are subject to individual labelling (annex III of the cosmetics regulation).

In response to the Commission services’ request for an update, the scientific committee on consumer safety (SCCS), gave an opinion on fragrance allergens in cosmetic products (SCCS/1459/11) on 26-27 June 2012. In it, the SCCS stated that consumers should be informed about additional fragrance ingredients in cosmetic products, on top of those 26 already subject to individual labelling.

On 5 December 2018, we published an inception impact assessment on fragrance allergens labelling. The deadline for comments was 2 January 2019.

In the public consultation of 2014, the Commission proposed to amend annex III to the cosmetics regulation by obligating additional contact allergens to be labelled individually.