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The European Commission (EC) has issued Commission Regulation (EU) 201835 amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 19072006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (‘D4’) and decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (‘D5’).

The regulation restricts two siloxanes substances representing an environmental risk in wash-off cosmetic products:

  • Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4)
  • Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5)

These two siloxanes shall not be placed on the market in wash-off cosmetic products in a concentration equal to or greater than 0,1 % by weight.

The ban was enforced from January 31, 2018 while the ban on supplies will apply to products placed into market after January 31, 2020.