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UV filter S86 Phenylene bis-diphenyltriazine

Final Opinion


Publication date
13 July 2015
Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS)


SCCS members: U. Bernauer, Q. Chaudhry, P. Coenraads, G. Degen, M. Dusinska, W. Lilienblum, E. Nielsen, T. Platzek, Ch. Rousselle, Ja. van Benthem
Former SCCS member: S. Ch. Rastogi
External experts: A. Bernard, J. Duus-Johansen, J. Ezendam, A. Giménez-Arnau, E. Mirkova,E. Panteri, T. Vanhaecke
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/1556/15
Adopted on: 13 July 2015

Conclusion of the opinion:

1. Does the SCCS consider Phenylene bis-diphenyltriazine, S86, safe for use as a UV-filter in sunscreen products in a concentration up to 10.0% taking into account the scientific data provided?

The SCCS considers Phenylene bis-diphenyltriazine, S86, not safe for use as a UV-filter in sunscreen products in a concentration up to 10.0% taking into account the scientific data provided.

SCCS cannot exclude that Phenylene bis-diphenyltriazine may have a genotoxic potential.

2. Does the SCCS have any further scientific concerns with regard to the use of Phenylene bis-diphenyltriazine, S86, as a UV-filter in sunscreen and/or other cosmetic products?

An adequate physico-chemical characterisation should be provided.

The tests conducted on eye irritation and skin sensitisation are considered inconclusive. The phototoxicity potential can as yet not be excluded.

This Opinion does not apply to inhalation exposure of Phenylene bis-diphenyltriazine since no adequate information on chronic or sub-chronic toxicity after inhalation was provided.

The SCCS noted that due to the poor biodegradation potential and the very high octanol-water partition coefficient, long-term effects or bioaccumulation of Phenylene bis-diphenyltriazine, S86, in the environment cannot be excluded. The use of Phenylene bis-diphenyltriazine as an ingredient in sunscreen products might lead to environmental exposure.


SCCS, scientific opinion, UV filter, Phenylene Bis Diphenyltriazine, S86, Regulation 1223/2009, CAS n. 55514-22-2, EC 700-823-1

Opinion to be cited as:

SCCS (Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety), Opinion on UV filter Phenylene Bis Diphenyltriazine (S86), SCCS/1556/15, 13 July 2015.