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β-arbutin

Final Opinion

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

Description

WG on Cosmetic ingredients
SCCS members:U. Bernauer, P.J. Coenraads, G. Degen, M. Dusinska, W. Lilienblum, E. Nielsen, T. Platzek, S. C. Rastogi, Ch. Rousselle, Ja. van Benthem
Former SCCS member: A. Luch
External experts: A. Bernard, A.M. Giménez-Arnau, T. Vanhaecke
Contact:SANTE-C2-SCCS@ec.europa.eu
On request from: European Commission
SCCS Number: SCCS/1550/15
Adopted on: 25 March 2015

Conclusion of the opinion:

(1) Does the SCCS consider on the basis of the provided scientific data, the use of β-arbutin to be safe for consumers in cosmetic products in a concentration up to 7% in face creams?

The SCCS considers the use of β-arbutin to be safe for consumers in cosmetic products in a concentration up to 7% in face creams provided that the contamination of hydroquinone in the cosmetic formulations remain below 1 ppm.

(2) Does the SCCS have any further scientific concerns with regard to the use of β-arbutin in cosmetic products?

A potential combined use of β-arbutin and other hydroquinone releasing substances in cosmetic products has not been evaluated in this Opinion.

Keywords:

SCCS, scientific opinion, β-arbutin, Regulation 1223/2009, CAS: 497-76-7, EC: 207-850-3

Opinion to be cited as:

SCCS (Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety), Opinion on β-arbutin, SCCS/1550/15, 25 March 2015.

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