BORATES Banned in the EU Without Exception
Products of the borate family are frequently used in beauty salons for the purpose of tooth whitening. The Council of European Dentists warns the public about the dangers of borate products. Furthermore, to safeguard public health, the Council of European Dentists urges the National Authorities in Member States to take initiative to ensure that no such cancerogenic products are utilised for tooth whitening nor avalaible on the market.
Sodium perborate and perboric acid have been banned in cosmetic products by EU legislation and no exception to the ban has been granted
These substances have been classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic, or toxic for reproduction (CMR), category 1B of Regulation (EC) 790/2009 amending Regulation 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP Regulation), as a result of being included in Part 3 of Annex VI of the CLP Regulation. This classification is applied since 1 December 2010.
Once a substance is classified as CMR 1B, independently from its concentration, its use in cosmetic products is prohibited (Article 15(2) of the Cosmetics Regulation 1223/2009). It is an automatic ban for which no implementing measures (such as amending Annexes to the Cosmetics Regulation) are needed. Exceptions may however be granted if the conditions laid down in Article 15(2) of the Cosmetics Regulation are met.
As the conditions to authorise the use of these substances in cosmetic products were not met, the Commission did not grant an exception. Consequently, sodium perborate and perboric acid are considered banned in the EU as of 1 December 2010.
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