REACH and Adding New Ingredients to Cosmetics

Question:

If a cosmetics company, selling in Europe, wants to add a new ingredient to a product, does the chemical have to be registered under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation?

Answer: 

Under the REACH Regulation, the new ingredient(s) must be registered with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) if the company is importing one ton or more of the substances included in the ingredient(s) annually. If the company is importing less than one ton, registration is not required. The company should also ensure that the new ingredient is not restricted under Annex XVII and does not contain a substance of very high concern (SVHC) over the legal threshold.

Beyond the REACH Regulation, the company should be aware of substance restrictions in Annex II and III of Regulation (EC) N° 1223/2009 For Cosmetics. The European Commission provides a searchable database of annex data to ensure restriction data is readily available.

This article is current as of 2019-08-16.

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