Updates to the UK Toys & Cosmetics Regulations notified to WTO

On April 13, 2022, the United Kingdom notified the draft “The Toys and Cosmetic Products (Restriction of Chemical Substances) Regulations 2022” to the World Trade Organization.  According to the document, the measures will amend permitted levels of certain chemicals in both the UK Toys and Cosmetics Regulations.

With notification no. G/TBT/N/GBR/47, the UK fulfilled a  legal international trade obligation according to article 10 of the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade.

Despite the absence of an official public communication, the Office for Product Safety and Standards has alerted interested parties and associations of upcoming changes in Annex II and III restrictions as early as April 6, 2022.

Amendments to the UK Toys Regulations

In the case of the Toys Regulations, the changes refer to the permitted limits of Aluminium, Aniline, and Formaldehyde. You can check the restrictions here.

Moreover, the draft foresees the prohibition of three new allergens in toys: Atranol, Chloratranol, and Methyl Heptine Carbonate.

Amendments to the UK Cosmetics Regulation

On the other hand, the draft envisages the following changes to the UK Cosmetics Regulation:

  • New restrictions for Salicylic acid when it is not used as a preservative: up to 0.5% in body lotion, eye shadow, mascara, eyeliner, lipstick, and roll-on deodorant. This new limit is added to those already in place:
    1. Up to 3% in rinse-off cosmetics;
    2. Up to 2% in other products.

Application timelines

The proposed date of adoption of the draft Regulations is June 15, 2022. Conversely, the entry into force is envisaged for:

  1. December 15, 2022, in the case of:

a. The new permitted levels of Aluminium, Aniline, and Formaldehyde in toys;

b. The ban of Deoxyarbutin in cosmetic products;

c. The new restrictions on the use of Salicylic acid in cosmetic products.

2. October 15, 2022, for all other updates.

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Regulatory Affairs Department


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