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Addendum to the scientific opinion SCCS/1613/19 on the safety of aluminium in cosmetic products (lipstick) - Submission II

Final Opinion


Publication date
31 March 2021
Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS)


SCCS members: U. Bernauer, L. Bodin (Rapporteur), Q. Chaudhry, P.J. Coenraads (Chairperson), M. Dusinska, J. Ezendam, E. Gaffet, C. L. Galli, B. Granum, E. Panteri, V. Rogiers, Ch. Rousselle, M. Stepnik, T. Vanhaecke, S. Wijnhoven
SCCS external expert: A. Koutsodimou, W. Uter, N. Von Goetz
Contact: SANTE-C2-SCCSatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (SANTE-C2-SCCS[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)
On request from: European Commission
SCCS Number: SCCS/1626/20
Adopted on: 30-31 March 2021

Conclusion of the opinion:

1. In light of the new data provided, does the SCCS consider Aluminium safe when used in lipsticks up to a maximum concentration of 14%? In the event that the estimated exposure to Aluminium from lipsticks of cosmetic products is found to be of concern, SCCS is asked to recommend safe concentration limits.

In the light of the new data provided, the SCCS considers that the use of aluminium compounds is safe at the following equivalent aluminium concentrations up to:
· 6.25% in non-spray deodorants or non-spray antiperspirants
· 10.60% in spray deodorants or spray antiperspirants
· 2.65% in toothpaste and
· 14% in lipstick

2. Does the SCCS have any further scientific concerns regarding the use of Aluminium substances in cosmetic products taking into account the newly submitted information on aggregate exposure from cosmetics?

The SCCS considers that the systemic exposure to aluminium via daily applications of cosmetic products does not add significantly to the systemic body burden of aluminium from other sources. Exposure to aluminium may also occur from sources other than cosmetic products, and a major source of aluminium in the population is the diet. This assessment has not taken into account the daily dietary intake of aluminium.


SCCS, scientific opinion, aluminium, addendum, lipstick, Regulation 1223/2009

Opinion to be cited as:

SCCS (Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety), Addendum to the scientific opinion SCCS/1613/19 on the safety of aluminium in cosmetic products - Submission II, preliminary version of 15 December 2020, final version of 30-31 March 2021, SCCS/1626/20.


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