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Revision of the opinion on Zn Pyrithione (P81)

Final Opinion


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


WG on Cosmetic Ingredients
SCCS members: U. Bernauer (rapporteur), P.J. Coenraads, G. Degen, M. Dusinska, W. Lilienblum, A. Luch, E. Nielsen, T. Platzek, S.C. Rastogi (chairman), C. Rousselle, 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/1512/13
Doi: 10.2772/67588
Adopted on: 18 June 2013

Conclusion of the opinion:

Although modern approaches were submitted by the applicant to demonstrate the safety of the substance, these approaches were associated with many uncertainties, even contradictions in such that they have not been used for risk assessment by the SCCS. Based on the scientific data provided the SCCS considers that zinc pyrithione, when used in a concentration up to 2.0% as an anti-dandruff agent in rinse-off hair care products, is safe for the consumer. Aggregate exposure to Zinc Pyrithione from non-cosmetic sources has not been considered. The SCCS recommends thorough post-marketing surveillance of the product.


SCCS, scientific opinion, preservative, P81, Zinc pyrithione, Regulation 1223/2009

Opinion to be cited as:

SCCS (Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety), Opinion on Zinc pyrithione, 18 June 2013, SCCS/1512/13, revision of 18 June 2014.