SCCS – Opinion Open for comment on Butylphenyl methylpropional (BMHCA)

SCCS (Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety), Opinion on the Butylphenyl methylpropional

SCCS Number: SCCS/1540/14
Adopted on: 12 August 2015
-> Deadline for comments: 10 November 2015***

Conclusion of the opinion:

The applicant was neither able to submit reliable data on the actual usage of BMHCA in the different product groups placed on the European market, nor clearly defined unambiguous limits in the finished products to be assessed by SCCS.

BMHCA
1. Does the SCCS consider 2-(4-tert-butylbenzyl)propionaldehyde (BMHCA) safe for use as fragrance ingredient in cosmetic leave-on and rinse-off type products in a concentration limit(s) according the ones set up by IFRA ?

The SCCS is of the opinion that BMHCA is not safe for use as fragrance ingredient in cosmetic leave-on and rinse-off type products, neither at concentration limits according to the ones set up by IFRA in 2013 (MoS = 3.6) nor at concentration limits as set up by IFRA in the revised proposal that has been submitted in 2015 belatedly (MoS = 53). In addition, no firm conclusion could be drawn on mutagenicity.

2. Does the SCCS have any further scientific concerns with regard to the use of 2-(4-tert-butylbenzyl)propionaldehyde (BMHCA) as fragrance ingredient in cosmetic leave-on and rinse-off type products ?

BMHCA poses a risk of inducing skin sensitisation in humans. »

*** »Opinion developed by the SCCS on the basis of a specific set of data submitted by an applicant
This Opinion has been approved for adoption by the SCCS in its most recent plenary meeting and is now open for comments by applicants, national authorities and other interested parties for a period of four weeks after publication.
The intent of this commenting period is for applicants and other interested parties to provide limited additional perspective and/or clarification on the evaluation, interpretation, and incorporation of the submitted specific data package in this SCCS opinion.
Comments received during this period will be submitted to SCCS and discussed in the next plenary meeting with the view to publish the adopted opinion. »


Sources:
Opinion: http://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/consumer_safety/docs/sccs_o_189.pdf
Site: http://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/consumer_safety/opinions/index_en.htm
http://www.observatoiredescosmetiques.com/pro/actualite/cssc/butylphenyl-methylpropional-le-non-du-cssc-3228

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