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SGS : Commission Finally Bans Three Fragrance Allergens

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08/11/2017 | 09:36am CEST

SAFEGUARDS | Cosmetics, Personal Care & Household NO. 126/17

The European Commission has published the Regulation (EU) 2017/1410 to ban the use of three fragrance allergens, HICC (CAS NO. 51414-25-6/ 31906-04-4), atranol (CAS NO. 526-37-4) and chloroatranol (CAS NO. 57074-21-2).

Currently, HICC is regulated in entry 79 under Annex III to Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009. When its presence exceeds 0.001% in leave-on products, and 0.01% in rinse-off products, it must be declared in the list of ingredients. Atranol and Chloroatranol are natural components of oak tree moss and treemoss extracts, they are neither restricted nor prohibited under current regulation. European Commission considered the adopted SCCS opinion SCCS/1459/11 on 26-27 June 2012 where concludes these fragrance allergens causing the highest number of contact allergies cases in the past years, and European Commission now update the regulation to prohibit the use of these three fragrance allergens.

This Regulation shall enter into force on August 23, 2017.

Annex II entry 1380
3- and 4-(4-Hydroxy-4-methylpentyl) cyclohex-3-ene-1-carbaldehyde (HICC)
51414-25-6/ 31906-04-4
257-187-9/ 250-863-4
Annex II entry 1381
2,6-Dihydroxy-4-methyl-benzaldehyde (atranol)
Annex II entry 1382
3-Chloro-2,6-Dihydroxy-4-methyl-benzaldehyde (chloroatranol)

Timeline for Compliance:

  • From August 23, 2019, only cosmetic products which comply with the Regulation shall be placed on the Union market.
  • From August 23, 2021, only cosmetic products which comply with the Regulation shall be made available on the Union market.


The industry is suggested to check and confirm if their existing cosmetic products which are already on market contain these allergens in their formulation. These products shall be phased out in said period of time. Manufacturer is also suggested to be careful on selecting fragrance which is used in their new cosmetic products.

Source of Information:

  1. SCCS/1459/11 Opinion on Fragrance allergens in cosmetic products adopted on 13-14 December 2011 [1]
  2. COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2017/1410 of 2 August 2017 amending Annexes II and III to Regulation (EC) 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products [2]

For enquiries, please contact:

Queenie TSE
Consumer and Retail
Cosmetics, Personal Care and Household (CPCH)
Senior Technical Service Executive
t: +852 2765 3672 (ext 1672)

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SGS SA published this content on 11 August 2017 and is solely responsible for the information contained herein.
Distributed by Public, unedited and unaltered, on 11 August 2017 07:35:03 UTC.

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