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SCCS Issued Final Opinion on the Safety of Butylparaben

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On November 6, 2023, the European Union Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) issued the final safety opinion on Butylparaben in cosmetics (SCCS/1651/23). The preliminary comments on Butylparaben were released on June 6-7, 2023.

The SCCS concludes the following:

1. In light of the data provided and taking under consideration the concerns related to potential endocrine disrupting properties of Butylparaben, does the SCCS consider Butylparaben safe when used as a preservative in cosmetic products up to a maximum concentration of 0.14 %?

On the basis of safety assessment considering all available data and the concerns related to endocrine activity, the SCCS is of the opinion that the use of Butylparaben as a preservative in cosmetic products at concentrations of up to 0.14% (expressed as acid) is safe.

2. Alternatively, what is according to the SCCS the maximum concentration considered safe for use of Butylparaben as a preservative in cosmetic products?


3. Does the SCCS have any further scientific concerns with regard to the use of Butylparaben in cosmetic products?

In the absence of exposure data specific for children to Butylparaben in cosmetic products, potential safety concerns cannot be excluded. The SCCS mandates do not address environmental aspects. Therefore, this assessment did not cover the safety of Butylparaben for the environment.

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