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Revision of the opinion on the safety of aluminium in cosmetic products

Final Opinion


Publication date
18 June 2014
Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS)


WG on Cosmetic Ingredients
SCCS members: U. Bernauer, P.J. Coenraads, G. Degen, M. Dusinska, W. Lilienblum, A. Luch, E. Nielsen, T. Platzek, S.C. Rastogi (chairman), C. Rousselle (rapporteur), J. van Benthem
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/1525/14
Doi: 10.2772/63908
Adopted on: 27 March 2014

Conclusion of the opinion:

Aluminium is a known systemic toxicant at high doses. The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) is of the opinion that due to the lack of adequate data on dermal penetration to estimate the internal dose of aluminium following cosmetic uses, risk assessment cannot be performed. Therefore internal exposure to aluminium after skin application should be determined using a human exposure study under use conditions. Confusion exists with respect to the correct terminology for underarm deodorants that are actually present on the market since they often contain both, typical deodorant as well as typical antiperspirant ingredients.


SCCS, scientific opinion, aluminium, Regulation 1223/2009, 1223/2009, CAS 68-11-1

Opinion to be cited as:

SCCS (Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety), Opinion on the safety of aluminium in cosmetic products, 27 March 2014, SCCS 1525/14, revision of 18 June 2014.


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