CMR substances. New amendment to the regulation of toxic substances in cosmetics

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CMR substances. New amendment to the regulation of toxic substances in cosmetics

The European Commission has approved a new Regulation concerning the use of CMR substances (Carcinogenic, Mutagenic, or Toxic) in cosmetic products.
On July 19, 2023, the Commission adapted Regulation (2023/1490), which amends Annex II of the Cosmetic Products Regulation to include substances classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction, in accordance with Delegated Regulation (2022/692).

Contents of the Regulation on CMR substances.

Regulation (No. 1272/2008) establishes a classification of substances considered carcinogenic, mutagenic, or toxic to reproduction, based on a scientific assessment conducted by the European Chemicals Agency’s Risk Assessment Committee (ECHA).

The Cosmetic Regulation states that substances classified as CMR substances of category 1A, category 1B, or category 2, as defined in Part 3 of Annex VI of Regulation (No. 1272/2008), are prohibited from being used in cosmetic products.

Amendments to Regulation (No. 1223/2009) are based on relevant substance classifications as CMR substances and, therefore, must be applied from the same date as these classifications.

List of cmr substances

Annex II of Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 is amended as follows:

(1) Entry 1024 is replaced by the following

carcinogenic mutagenic reprotoxic cmr substances list

(2) the following entries are added:

cmr category 1a 1b substances list
list of cmr substances

When is the effective date of the new regulation?

The regulation concerning CMR substances will come into effect on August 9, 2023. Nevertheless, its practical implementation will be postponed until December 1, 2023.

As you can see, the regulation of these substances is imminent, so it is advisable to check the components of your cosmetics or get in touch with your supplier. Also, you can also contact us through the following form if you need your products to comply with the new regulations.

If you want to stay up to date with the changes to the cosmetic regulation, you can check out our latest entry: New draft in the EU cosmetics regulation 2023

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