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The European Commission (EC) has published Commission Regulation (EU) 20181847 amending Annex V to Regulation (EC) No 12232009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products to add Biphenyl-2-ol (Common name: o‑Phenylphenol) as a preservative allowed in cosmetic products.

The amendment provides the following conditions for using biphenyl-2-ol as a preservative:

Product type Maximum concentration in ready for use preparation Wording of conditions of use and warnings
Rinse-off products 0,2 % (as phenol) Avoid contact with eyes
Leave-on products 0,15 % (as phenol) Avoid contact with eyes


This Regulation also bans cosmetic products containing Sodium 2‑biphenylate, Potassium 2‑biphenylate or 2‑aminoethan-1-ol; 2‑phenylphenol as preservatives beginning on June 17, 2019.

This Regulation will be enforced on December 17, 2018 while Article 1 shall apply from June 17, 2019.