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Entry 46 of Annex XVII to REACH - Nonylphenol.
Does the entry 46 of Annex XVII cover traces in cosmetic products?
Regulation 1223/2009 on cosmetic products, that repealed Directive 76/768/EEC, introduces a ban on the marketing of cosmetic products containing nonylphenol (CAS: 25154-52-3) and 4-nonylphenol, branched (CAS: 84852-15-3). Pursuant to Article 17 of the cosmetics Regulation, the presence of traces in cosmetic products is allowed, provided that such presence is technically unavoidable in good manufacturing practice and that the product does not cause damage to human health.
Entry 46 of Annex XVII to REACH bans the placing on the market of nonylphenol and nonylphenol ethoxylates as a substance or in mixtures in a number of applications including cosmetic products, when the concentration is higher than 0.1% by weight. The objective of entry 46 is the protection of the environment. Therefore Article 67 (2) of REACH does not apply. Entry 46 covers traces in cosmetic products to the extent that their presence presents a risk to the environment. The application of entry 46 of Annex XVII to REACH is complementary to, and does not conflict with, Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009.