The European Commission proposes amendments to the REACH Regulation to regulate cosmetic products

July 26, 2023

Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) concerning octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4), decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) and dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6)

The European Commission's proposal focuses on protecting the environment from very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) substances such as D4, D5 and D6. These substances are known to have harmful properties for the environment and can accumulate in ecosystems, with potentially serious consequences.

In addition, the Commission is proposing to restrict the maximum concentration of these substances to 0.1% in several product categories. This measure aims to reduce emissions of these substances into the environment and limit their impact on ecosystems.

Timeline for implementation

The draft regulation sets out a precise timetable for implementing the restrictions. Restrictions on substances D4 and D5 in rinsed cosmetic products have already been in force since 31 January 2020. However, for D6 in rinse-off products, the restriction will come into force 2 years after the adoption of the text.

For D4, D5 and D6 in non-rinse-off cosmetics, the restriction will come into force 3 years after the adoption of the text. This transition period will allow manufacturers and the industries concerned to adapt to the new requirements and develop more environmentally-friendly alternatives.

Adoption of the text and commitment to environmental protection

The European Commission plans to adopt this draft regulation by the end of 2023. This decision demonstrates the European Union's commitment to protecting the environment and promoting sustainable practices in the cosmetics sector.

By strictly regulating hazardous substances in cosmetic products, the European Union aims to ensure consumer safety and protect the environment. 

The European Commission's proposal to amend the REACH Regulation to include cosmetic products demonstrates the importance attached to environmental protection and consumer safety. By tightening restrictions on harmful substances, the European Union is playing a leading role in promoting sustainable practices in the cosmetics sector.

This initiative encourages manufacturers and industries to adopt more environmentally-friendly alternatives and to contribute to the preservation of biodiversity and public health. By adopting this draft regulation, the European Union is taking an important step towards a more sustainable and responsible future for cosmetic products.

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