EU Sets New Cosmetics Guidelines for Zinc Oxide and KOH


Planning to market zinc oxide and potassium hydroxide products? Starting May 21, the two ingredients approved for use in cosmetics and personal care products under certain new European Union guidelines. 

Zinc Oxide Rules 

According to a recent amendment, the European Commission said zinc oxide (CAS# 1314-13-2, EC# 215-222-5) in non-nano and nano forms will be authorized for use as a UV filter in cosmetic products at a maximum concentration of 25%, except in applications that may lead to exposure of the consumer's lungs by inhalation, effective May 21. 

Last year, Croda welcomed the news that zinc oxide was voted as a UV filter in cosmetics in Europe by the EU Commission Working Group on Cosmetics.

"By formally approving new options to achieve effective UVA and UVB protection, this is a major milestone for formulators of UV protection products who will now have a wider choice of globally approved UV filters to meet consumers' needs," said Helene Hine, marketing manager said. 

Potassium Hydroxide 

Also effective May 21, potassium hydroxide (CAS# 1310-58-3; EC# 215-181-3), known as POK, is authorized for use in cosmetic products that remove or soften calluses, up to a maximum concentration of 1.5% weight by weight (w/w). 

According to the most recent update as of publication, product labels that fall into this category must include a warning label that says "contains alkali, avoid contact with eyes, keep out of reach of children and read directions for use carefully."

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