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Revision of the opinion on HC Yellow No. 16 (B123) - Submission I

Final Opinion


Publication date
16 March 2016
Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS)


WG on Hair Dyes
SCCS members:Q. Chaudhry, P.J. Coenraads, M. Dusinska, W. Lilienblum, E. Nielsen, T. Platzek, C. Rousselle, J. van Benthem
External experts: A. Bernard, L. Bodin, J. Duus-Johansen, J. Ezendam, A.M. Giménez-Arnau, E. Panteri,T. Vanhaecke (rapporteur), A. Varvaresou
On request from: European Commission
SCCS Number: SCCS/1568/15
Adopted on: 16 March 2016

Conclusion of the opinion:

(1)In light of the data provided, does the SCCS consider HC Yellow No. 16 (B123) safe when used as a direct hair colouring agent up to 1.5% in non-oxidative as well as up to onhead concentration of 1% in oxidative hair dye formulations?

In the light of the data provided, SCCS considers that the use of HC Yellow No. 16 (B123) as an ingredient at 1% in oxidative hair dye formulations and at 1.5% in non-oxidative hair dye formulations is safe.

(2) Does the SCCS have any further scientific concerns with regard to the use of HC Yellow No. 16 (B123) in cosmetic products?

The purity of HC Yellow No. 16 and impurities in it are not adequately quantified. Data on purity and impurities of HC Yellow No. 16 (B123) should be provided, together with purity specifications of the substance intended for use in cosmetic products.


SCCS, scientific opinion, compound, Regulation 1223/2009, CAS 1184721-10-5

Opinion to be cited as:

SCCS (Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety), Opinion on hair dye HC Yellow No. 16 (Colipa No. B123), 15 December 2015, SCCS/1568/15, Revision of 16 March 2016.


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