DIGEMID sets restrictions for cosmetic products containing triclosan and triclocarban

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on 02-09-2016 issued a statement in which it stated that it will not be possible to market antibacterial soaps and over-the-counter bath gels containing nineteen (19) ingredients, including triclosan and triclocarban; this is because manufacturers have not submitted information demonstrating that their long-term use would be safer and more effective than the use of traditional soap in preventing and spreading certain diseases.

  • Triclosan: can be used as a preservative in a maximum concentration of 0.3% for dentifrices, soap bars, liquid soaps and shower gels, deodorants (non-aerosol), face powders and corrective creams and products to clean the nails of hands and feet before placing artificial nails; and with a maximum concentration of 0.2% for mouth rinses.
  • Triclocarban: can be used as a preservative with a maximum concentration of 0.2%. Also, it is allowed at a higher concentration, and only up to 1,5%, when the cosmetic product containing is to be removed with water.

On September 15, 2017, a meeting of the Andean countries was held, and it was agreed to withdraw from the market products containing these ingredients: triclosan and triclocarban, which may only be used according to the function and concentration detailed in the second and third paragraphs of this article release. The term to make this agreement effective is one year. The CAN General Secretariat will publish the Resolution and Final Technical Report in the coming days.
DIGEMID urges the general public to make responsible use of cosmetic products reported as antibacterial soaps, based on the information available to date.



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