Due to recent opinions and research from the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety, the European Union will be amending restrictions on the use of parabens in consumer cosmetic products. Many products found to contain parabens are said to be potentially harmful, especially in baby cosmetic products.
The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety have recommended that the use of the most common parabens be limited in products that are to be used on babies under the age of three. Since parabens have been linked to cancer and can cause developmental problems in children, the SCCS have recommended it is safe for the concentrations be reduced and most expert groups recommend natural cosmetics rather than ones including parabens.
According to Premium Beauty News, the European Commission aim to get the regulations around the use of parabens significantly amended. They want to prohibit the use of certain parabens in cosmetic products, maintain maximum levels of other parabens, and lower the allowed concentration levels of specific parabens and salts, especially making sure that none of these are included in baby cosmetic products intended to be used in sensitive areas. This will ensure that they are more natural cosmetics.
The European Commission have said they will follow the advice of experts and research scientists strictly when it comes to baby cosmetics, and the new regulations are going to be discussed on the 8th and 9th of November 2011. By early 2012, the amended regulations will be published. Manufacturers will then have six to twelve months to adhere to these new rules.