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Effective July 31, 2016, the European Commission has authorized the use of Carbon Black (nano) (CI 77266) as a colorant to a maximum concentration of 10% by weight. In addition, the use of Carbon Black (nano) is prohibited when its use may lead to exposure to the end-user’s lungs by inhalation.

On July 11, 2016 The European Commission published Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/1120, amending Annex IV of Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009. The change in regulations follows two sets of opinions from the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS)- SCCS/1515/13 and SCCS/1539/14.

Cosmetic and personal care product manufacturers should now check their compliance with these changes.

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Queenie Tse

Technical Service Executive, Cosmetics, Personal Care & Household

Tel: (+852) 2765 3672



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