New Californian Right-to-Know Rules for Cosmetics Manufacturers

On September 30, 2020, the US state of California signed into law a right-to-know act that requires cosmetics manufacturers to disclose a specific list of chemicals used in fragrances and flavors.

SB-312 Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Act of 2020 requires manufacturers who distribute cosmetic products within the state of California to disclose a specific list of chemicals used in fragrances and flavors to the state’s Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control (part of the Department of Public Health).

The information they disclose must include:
• A list of every fragrance and/or flavor chemical that is included on a designated list, as defined in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a), which is present in the cosmetic product
• A list of each fragrance allergen under Annex III of (EC) 1223/2009 Cosmetic Regulation in EU, and whether it is at a concentration at or above 0.01% (100ppm) or 0.001% (10ppm) in rinse-off products and leave-on products, respectively
• Whether the product is for professional use or retail
• Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) number for each ingredient or allergen that requires disclosure
• Universal product code (UPC) of the cosmetic product

The aim of the act is to improve the information available to consumers and salon workers so they can make more informed purchasing decisions. This is intended to help reduce the risk to public health of exposure to harmful chemicals. Manufacturers are not required to disclose the percentage by weight of the concerned ingredients in order to protect trade secrets.

The requirements of the act come into force from January 1, 2022, after which the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control will also post onto a database:
• A list of fragrance and/or flavor ingredients that are included on the designated list
• Health hazards associated with these fragrance and/or flavor ingredients

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