Reminder! Regulatory status about LYRAL. Please find below our informative advice in relation to an amendment of the European Cosmetic Regulation 1223/2009, The Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/1410.
Fragrance and flavour substances are organic compounds with characteristic, usually pleasant, odours. They are ubiquitously used in perfumes and other perfumed cosmetic products, but also in detergents, fabric softeners, and other household products where fragrance may be used to mask unpleasant odours from raw materials. Flavourings are used in foods, beverages, and dental products. Fragrance substances are also used in aromatherapy and may be present in herbal products, and used as topical medicaments for
their antiseptic properties.
As you may know, the substances named LYRAL, ATRANOL and CHLOROATRANOL should not be used in cosmetic products as they are the fragrance allergens which caused the highest number of contact allergies cases in past years.
On 2nd August 2017, an amendment to the Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 was published placing the ingredients LYRAL, ATRANOL and CHLOROATRANOL at Annex II of the Regulation. These ingredients are mainly found as fragrance ingredients.
Cosmetic products must not contain these substances as they are placed at the Annex II “List of substances prohibited in cosmetic products”.
in Annex II, in the table, the following three entries are added and in Annex III, in the table, entry 79 is deleted.
It is appropriate to provide reasonable periods of time for the industry to adapt to the new prohibitions and for this reason no longer place or make available on the market products concerned which contain one or more of the prohibited substances will be provided.
In particular, the exceptionally complex and lengthy procedure for fragrance reformulation and consumers’ concerns over the change of the olfactory properties of fragrances should be reflected in longer than usual duration of the deadline given to the industry for adjustments of products.
From 23rd August 2019, only cosmetic products which comply with the Regulation shall be placed on the Union market.
From 23rd August 2021, only cosmetic products which comply with the Regulation shall be made available on the Union market.
The industry is advised to check and confirm if their existing cosmetic products, which are already on market, contain these allergens in their formulation. These products must be phased out in the appropriate timeframe. Manufacturers are also advised to be careful in selecting fragrances for their new cosmetic products.
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