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Expert opinion

Disperse Red 17

Final Opinion


Publication date
12 December 2013
Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS)


WG on Hair Dyes
SCCS members:M. Dusinska, D. Gawkrodger, W. Lilienblum, A. Luch, M. Metzler, E. Nielsen, T. Platzek (chairman), S.C. Rastogi (rapporteur), C. Rousselle, J. van Benthem
External experts: M. Pilar Vinardell, I. White
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/1522/13
Doi: 10.2772/74722
Adopted on: 12 December 2013

Conclusion of the opinion:

The SCCS considers that Disperse Red 17 as an ingredient at 0.2% in non-oxidative hair dye formulations and at 2% in oxidative hair dye formulations is safe for the use by consumers. The nitrosamine content in Disperse Red 17 should be < 50ppb, and it should not be used in the presence of nitrosating agents. A sensitising potential of Disperse Red 17 cannot be excluded. This safety assessment of Disperse Red 17 is based on the specification for use as a hair dye ingredient.


SCCS, scientific opinion, hair dye, B5, Disperse Red 17, Regulation 1223/2009, CAS 3179-89-3, EC 221-665-5

Opinion to be cited as:

SCCS (Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety), Opinion on Disperse Red 17, 12 December 2013.