Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) — EU Cosmetics Restriction

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February 21, 2021

New maximum use levels in hair dye & self-tanning products

On 20 October 2020, the European Commission issued a draft change to Annex III of the EU Cosmetics Regulation EC 1223/2009 to limit the amount of dihydroxyacetone (DHA) that can be used in non-oxidative hair-dye products and self-tanning products to 6.25 and 10% respectively. DHA cannot be used in any other product types.

Non-compliant products cannot be placed on the market 6 months after the amendment is adopted, and any non-compliant products already on sale must be sold through within 9 months. The restriction is expected to be published in the first half of 2021.

How Exponent Can Help

Exponent can help Cosmetic Responsible Persons in the EU and UK keep their products legal and compliant by carrying out thorough formulation reviews and providing updates on future ingredient restrictions.