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Resorcinol

Final Opinion

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

Description

SCCS members: U. Bernauer, L. Bodin, Q. Chaudhry, P.J. Coenraads (Chairperson and Rapporteur), M. Dusinska, J. Ezendam, E. Gaffet, C. L. Galli, B. Granum, E. Panteri, V. Rogiers, Ch. Rousselle, M. Stepnik (Rapporteur), T. Vanhaecke, S. Wijnhoven
SCCS external experts: A. Koutsodimou, W. Uter, N. von Goetz
Contact:SANTE-C2-SCCS@ec.europa.eu
On request from: European Commission
SCCS Number: SCCS/1619/20
Adopted on: 30-31 March 2021

Conclusion of the opinion:

In light of the data provided and taking under consideration the concerns related to potential endocrine disrupting properties of Resorcinol, does the SCCS consider Resorcinol safe when used as an oxidative hair dye in products intended for hair and eyelashes up to 1.25 % and up to 0.5 % in hair lotions and shampoos?

Keeping in view the evidence on endocrine disrupting properties of resorcinol, the SCCS assessment shows that resorcinol is safe when used as an oxidative hair dye in products intended for hair and eyelashes up to 1.25 % and up to 0.5 % in hair lotions and shampoos.

Alternatively, what is according to the SCCS, the maximum concentration considered safe for use of Resorcinol as an oxidative hair dye in products intended for hair and eyelashes and for hair lotions and shampoos?

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Does the SCCS have any further scientific concerns with regard to the use of Resorcinol in cosmetic products?

Resorcinol is a moderate skin sensitiser based on data from animal studies. Clinical studies show that the frequency of contact sensitisation in humans is low.

The SCCS mandates do not address environmental aspects. Therefore, this assessment did not cover the safety of resorcinol for the environment.

Keywords:

SCCS, scientific opinion, Resorcinol, hair dye, Regulation 1223/2009, CAS Number 108-46-3, EC No 203-585-2

Opinion to be cited as:

SCCS (Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety), Opinion on Resorcinol (CAS No 108-46-3, EC No 203-585-2), preliminary version of 16 October 2020, final version of 30-31 March 2021, SCCS/1619/20

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