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Safety of Triclocarban and Triclosan as substances with potential endocrine disrupting properties in cosmetic products

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Publication date
25 March 2022
Author
Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS)

Description

SCCS members: U. Bernauer, L. Bodin, Q. Chaudhry, P.J. Coenraads (Chairperson), M. Dusinska, J. Ezendam, E. Gaffet, C.L. Galli, B. Granum (Rapporteur), E. Panteri, V. Rogiers, Ch. Rousselle, M. Stepnik, T. Vanhaecke, S. Wijnhoven
SCCS external experts: N. Cabaton, A. Koutsodimou, W. Uter, N. von Goetz
Contact:SANTE-C2-SCCS@ec.europa.eu
On request from: European Commission
SCCS Number: SCCS/1643/22
Adopted on: 15-16 March 2022

Conclusion of the opinion:

In light of the information submitted via the call for data, the currently available scientific literature, relevant in silico tools and SCCS’ expert judgement and taking under consideration in particular the concerns related to potential endocrine disrupting properties, the SCCS is requested:

1. to identify and justify specific concerns regarding the safe use of Triclocarban and Triclosan in cosmetic products

Based on the safety assessment carried out in consideration of all available information, including the potential endocrine effects, the SCCS is of the opinion that:

- The use of Triclocarban as a preservative in cosmetic products is safe up to a maximum concentration of 0.2%.

- In addition to the preservative function, the use of Triclocarban is also safe up to a maximum concentration of 1.5% in rinse-off products when used individually or in combination.

- The use of Triclosan is safe as a preservative up to a maximum concentration of 0.03% in shower gel and hand soap, 0.2% in mouthwash, and 0.3% in toothpaste, deodorant stick, face powder and blemish concealer, when used individually or in combination.

- The use of Triclosan is not considered safe as a preservative up to a maximum concentration of 0.3% in body lotion when used individually or in combination. The use of Triclosan in body lotion is considered safe when its concentration does not exceed 0.03% when used individually or combined with the above-mentioned products.

The SCCS is not aware of the use of Triclocarban and Triclosan together in a single product, and therefore this has not been assessed.

2. to highlight if there is a potential risk for human health from the use of Triclocarban and Triclosan in cosmetic products

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Keywords:

SCCS, scientific advice, Triclocarban, Triclosan, Regulation 1223/2009, CAS No. 101-20-2, EC No. 202-924-1, CAS No. 3380-34-5, EC No. 222-182-2

Opinion to be cited as:

SCCS (Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety), Scientific advice, Request for a scientific advice on the safety of Triclocarban (CAS No. 101-20-2, EC No. 202- 924-1) and Triclosan (CAS No. 3380-34-5, EC No. 222-182-2) as substances with potential endocrine disrupting properties used in cosmetic products, preliminary version of 15-16 March 2022, SCCS/1643/22

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