EC Trims Permitted Cosmetic Preservatives List, Warns About 'Stigmatizing' Safe Options
This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet
The European Commission intends to move formaldehyde, paraformaldehyde, quaternium-15 and chloroacetamide from the EU Cosmetics Regulation's permitted preservatives annex to its prohibited substances annex, according to a recent notification. With formulators' preservative options dwindling, an EC official advised industry in June to take measures to safeguard those that remain available.
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