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UPDATE ON HEMA & DI-HEMA TRIMETHYLHEXYL DICARBAMATE (Di-HEMA TMHDC)

Update on retail cosmetic nail products containing HEMA & DI-HEMA TRIMETHYLHEXYL DICARBAMATE (Di-HEMA TMHDC)

In addition to the annual ATP amendments, the European Commission can amend the existing EU cosmetic regulation 1223/2009 and does so on a regular basis based on the advice of their Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS).

With respect to HEMA and Di-HEMA TMHDC, the recommendation was that these substances can cause allergic skin reactions when applied incorrectly (especially in self-applied retail products) and their use should be restricted to ‘professional use only’.

Consequently, all retail cosmetic nail products containing HEMA and Di-HEMA TMHDC had to be removed from sale in the EU by the 3rd September 2021.

Jurisdiction

The UK Government adopted the EU 1223/2009 cosmetic regulations in full from the 1st January 2021.

This means that only decisions made before that date are enforceable. For example, the amendment to restrict the use and sale of retail cosmetic products containing HEMA and Di-HEMA TMHDC is enforceable in the UK but not (yet) the reclassification of TMPTA and Benzophenone. This means that products containing TMPTA and Benzophenone may be sold in the UK after the 1st December 2023 - except for Northern Ireland which is still subject to EU regulations!

KIKI LONDON's HEMA and Di-HEMA TMHDC - will be launching mid June 2023