COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2021/850 of 26 May 2021 amending and correcting Annex II and amending Annexes III, IV and VI to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products

1. This Regulation (2021/850) amends and corrects Annex II and amends Annexes III, IV and VI contained in Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 (‘EU Cosmetic Products Regulation’) which will apply to products placed on the EU market. The Annexes to the Regulation set restrictions on the ingredients that can be used in cosmetic products. As the EU Cosmetics Products Regulation is included in Annex 2 of the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol, this update to the technical annexes will also apply to cosmetic products placed on the market in Northern Ireland.

2. The amendments and correction concern one chemical and its use in cosmetic products, Titanium Dioxide (TiO2). It is currently allowed for use in cosmetic products in wider conditions as a colourant or UV filter. Following the classification of TiO2 as a CMR (carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic) chemical, the EU has added TiO2 to the Annex of restricted substances for cosmetics for use in face products in powder form and hair aerosol spray products and other products, further restricting it for use under specific limited conditions, for products placed on the EU market and the same will apply to cosmetics placed on the market in Northern Ireland.

3. A number of other chemicals that are not currently used in cosmetics, which have also been classified as CMRs, have also been added to the annex of substances prohibited for future use in cosmetics. A duplicate entry made in error in another Annex has also been removed.

4. This regulation amending the annexes of the EU Cosmetics Products Regulation enters into force on the twentieth day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Regulation was published on 28 May and will apply from 1 October 2021.

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  1. Commission Regulation - 616 KB - pdf
  2. EM Unnumbered Document - 83 KB - pdf

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