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Environmental Sciences Europe

, 24:37

First Online: 29 November 2012Received: 24 July 2012Accepted: 10 October 2012

Abstract

BackgroundCosmetic products need not be classified and labelled according to the Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging CLP in the European Union, even if they contain dangerous substances. What would happen without this exception? Would cosmetic products have to be labelled if they were treated like any other consumer product?

ResultsThe criteria of the CLP Regulation were applied to a selection of cosmetic product formulas in a conservative approach. All but one product contain hazardous ingredients in amounts that would lead to classification and labelling of the mixtures. 85% of the products analyzed would have to be labelled because of potential negative effects to the eye, and 52% because of potential negative effects to the skin. The signal word WARNING would have to be on the labels of 64%, DANGER would have to be on 33% of the products.

ConclusionsThe results here show that it is urgent to inform consumers about the potential dangers of personal care products, because cosmetics need to be applied even with more care than any other consumer product. Classification and labelling according to the CLP Regulation is a very good means to improve the risk communication for consumers. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that the exception for cosmetic products should be repealed in the next amendment of the CLP Regulation.

KeywordsClassification and labelling CLP Regulation Cosmetic products Information for the consumer Risk communication Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-2190-4715-24-37 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Ursula Klaschka

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