EU Adds New Substance to Approved UV Filters in Cosmetic Products

EU publishes regulation to allow the use of Methoxypropylamino Cyclohexenylidene Ethoxyethylcyanoacetate as a UV filter in cosmetic products (with conditions).
( | Press Release | 2020-12-04 23:09:00 )
The European Commission has published Regulation (EU) 2020/1684 of November 12, 2020, to allow Methoxypropylamino Cyclohexenylidene Ethoxyethylcyanoacetate as a UV filter in cosmetic products.

The updated regulation comes into effect on December 2, 2020, amending Annex VI to Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 and allowing the use of 2-ethoxyethyl (2Z)-2-cyano- 2-[3-(3-methoxypropylamino) cyclohex-2-en-1- ylidene]acetate, also known as Methoxypropylamino Cyclohexenylidene Ethoxyethylcyanoacetate, as a UV filter in cosmetic products. The approval comes with some conditions.

The conditions include:
• Not to be used in applications that may lead to exposure of the end-user’s lungs by inhalation
• Do not use with nitrosating agents – maximum nitrosamine content: 50 μg/kg
• Keep in nitrite-free containers

The new regulation follows Opinion SCCS31605/19 of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS), which concluded that Methoxypropylamino Cyclohexenylidene Ethoxyethylcyanoacetate is safe to be used as UV filter in cosmetic products at a maximum concentration of 3%, so long as these three conditions are met.

The substance has not been assessed for inhalation toxicity and, because it is a secondary amine, it should not be used with nitrosating agents and its nitrosamine content should be kept at a level of less than 50ppb.

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