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European Commission Approves Potassium Hydroxide in One More Cosmetics Product Type

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The European Commission has published a Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/622 on 21 April 2016 for amending Annex III of Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009. An entry of requirement on Potassium Hydroxide is incorporated into Annex III.

Potassium Hydroxide is regulated in current Cosmetics Regulation (EC) 1223/2009 when it falls into the scope of (a) Nail cuticle solvent, (b) Hair straightener, (c) pH adjuster for depilatories, and (d) other uses as pH adjuster. The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has studied and concluded that Potassium Hydroxide should be considered as safe for use as a callosity softener/ remover up to a maximum concentration of 1.5% w/w.

European Commission has adopted the opinion from SCCS into Regulation (EC) 1223/2009 with an entry of Potassium Hydroxide incorporated into Annex III.

The regulation enters into force on 12 May 2016.

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Reference Sources:
Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/622 on 21 April 2016

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