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Addendum to the scientific Opinion on the safety of oxidative hair dye substances and hydrogen peroxide in products to colour eyelashes

Final Opinion

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Publication date
25 March 2015
Author
Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS)

Description

SCCS members:P. Coenraads, M. Dusinska, W. Lilienblum, E. Nielsen, T. Platzek, S. C. Rastogi, Ch. Rousselle, Ja. van Benthem
External experts: A. Bernard A. Giménez-Arnau, T. Vanhaecke
Contact:SANTE-C2-SCCS@ec.europa.eu
On request from: European Commission
SCCS Number: SCCS/1553/15
Adopted on: 25 March 2015

Conclusion of the opinion:

1. Does SCCS consider the submitted safety data, in particular the data provided on eye irritation, sufficient to conclude that oxidative hair dyes which were found safe for use in hair dye products can be safely used in products to colour eyelashes?

In the previous Opinion on Oxidative hair dye substances and hydrogen peroxide used in products to colour eyelashes, the SCCS was of the Opinion that the information submitted was inadequate to assess the safe use of those hair dyes for which there was no information on eye irritation potential at anticipated dilutions (SCCS/1475/12).

Based on the newly submitted in vitro studies, the SCCS considers that there is no concern for severe eye irritation in the consumer for the use of Toluene-2,5-diamine (A005), p- Aminophenol (A016), Methylresorcinol (A044), Tetraaminopyrimidine (A053), Hydroxyethylp- phenylenediamine sulphate (A080) and 2-Amino-3-hydroxypyridine (A132) in products to colour eyelashes at the tested maximum concentrations for eyelashes and their use is considered safe in eyelashes dye formulations.

No information is available on the ocular irritant properties of permanent eyelash dyes formulations intended for the consumer and these formulations need to be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the supplier.

The SCCS considers that the potential risk to the consumer from the use of these products is greater from non-professional use compared with professional use of the same products as there may be increased eyelid contamination.

2. And/or does the SCCS have any further scientific concerns with regard to the use of the oxidative hair dyes (the ones related to the submitted data) intended to colour eyelashes (e.g. max conc. in the finish cosmetic product, warning)?

As no new data has been submitted with respect to skin sensitisation, the risk of allergic contact dermatitis developing in previously sensitised individuals for those hair dyes which are skin sensitisers cannot be excluded (SCCS/1475/12).

Based on SCCP/1129/07 and other information, it could be extrapolated that transient exposure to 2% hydrogen peroxide may be slightly irritant to the eye. Therefore, up to 2% hydrogen peroxide could be considered safe for the consumer when applied on eyelashes and direct eye contact is avoided (SCCS/1475/12).

Keywords:

SCCS, Addendum to the scientific opinion on the safety of oxidative hair dye substances and hydrogen peroxide in products to colour eyelashes, Regulation 1223/2009

Opinion to be cited as:

SCCS (Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety), Addendum to the scientific Opinion on the safety of oxidative hair dye substances and hydrogen peroxide in products to colour eyelashes, 25 March 2015, SCCS/1553/15.

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