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European Commission Approves Zinc Oxide and Its Nano Form as Cosmetics Ingredients

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The European Commission has published a Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/621 on 21 April 2016 for amending Annex VI of Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009. An entry of requirement on Zinc Oxide and its nano form are incorporated into Annex VI.  


The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has studied and concluded that Non-Nano Zinc Oxide and Nano Zinc Oxide with specific characteristics do not pose a risk of adverse effect in human at a concentration up to 25% as a UV filter after dermal application. However, it does not include Nano Zinc Oxide in spray products.

European Commission has adopted the opinion from SCCS into Regulation (EC) 1223/2009 with two entries incorporated into Annex VI as below. In order to be used as a UV filter, Nano Zinc Oxide is required to fulfil a list of criteria including particle size, purity, solubility etc; and the use of both Non-Nano Zinc Oxide and Nano Zinc Oxide is excluded in the application that may lead to exposure of the end user’s lungs by inhalation.
The regulation enters into force on 12 May 2016.

The following entries are added to Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 as reference numbers 30 and 30a:

 

 Table: Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 as reference numbers 30 and 30a (1)
 Table: Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 as reference numbers 30 and 30a (1)
 

 

 Table: Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 as reference numbers 30 and 30a (2)
 Table: Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 as reference numbers 30 and 30a (2)
 


SGS solution:


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Reference Sources:
Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/621 on 21 April 2016


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