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REACH has already come into force on 1st July 2007. When a substance (an ingredient) in cosmetic products exceeds one tonne per year, the cosmetics manufacturer in EU or importers target the European market should aware REACH requirement on chemical registration.
Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) Candidate List (in the right table) is published in October 2008, and they will be gradually included in Annex XIV of REACH’s Authorization List. The first Authorization List will be published on 1 June 2009. These chemicals cannot be used unless an authorization is granted from European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

Chemicals not allowed in cosmetics under 76/768/EEC will continue being prohibited. Cosmetics will be exempted from the restriction requirements in Annex XVII and certain authorization requirements. When Category 1 & 2 Carcinogen, Mutagen, & toxic for Reproduction substances (CMR Cat. 1&2) are used, it is not required to apply authorization from ECHA.
However, when cosmetics contain any PBT, vPvB or chemical harmful to environment, authorization is still needed. Therefore, once Musk xylene and other PBT or vPvB in the Candidate list are listed in Annex XVII, authorization should be applied.
Click to view a larger versionvPvB: very Persistent and very Bioaccumulative
PBT: Persistent Bioaccumulative and Toxic
C: Carcinogenic; M: Mutagenic; R: Toxic for Reproduction
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